Dana Westgren

Senior Policy Analyst
Economic Opportunity Division

Dana Westgren is a senior policy analyst with the NGA Solutions: The Center for Best Practices Economic Opportunity team, with a focus on postsecondary education. Her work revolves around the intersection of postsecondary education pathways with the workforce, particularly for adults and underserved populations.

Before joining NGA, Dana was the job development specialist for Academy of Hope, a D.C.-based adult education nonprofit. At AOH, Dana was responsible for identifying potential career paths for students, creating partnerships with industry and engaging in career consultation. Prior to that, she worked for Jones Lang LaSalle, a commercial real estate services firm, as a research analyst focused on economic trends in the construction industry.

Dana earned her MPA from Cornell University’s Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, focusing in public management. While completing her degree, she served as both a Chicago Mayoral Fellow in 2013 and a White House Domestic Policy Council Intern in 2014, working on rural development policy.

Originally from Champaign, Illinois, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois.