Join us to learn more about Dana Mortenson and her work in international education. Dana is inspired by social enterpreneurship and global citizenship. Not only has she traveled the world and has spoken thoughtfully at Tedx. See her talk here.
Dana Mortenson, Co-founder and Executive Director, World Savvy
Dana has dedicated her professional life to educating and engaging youth in community and world affairs with the goal of ensuring they have the skills to succeed and lead in a global economy. Her passion is working in partnership with educators to close the global competence gap in American education.
Dana’s deep belief in the transformative power of global education to contribute to peace, justice, and equity on a global scale led her to co-found World Savvy in 2002. She has since led the organization through extensive growth and expansion, reaching more than 580,000 students and 3,500 educators from three offices nationwide.
She is a recognized expert in the field of global education, and serves as advisor and board member to a range of nonprofits focused on international education and youth development. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a recipient of the Tides Foundation’s JBL award for excellence in public advocacy, and was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 Under 40 Progressive American Leaders. Dana is also a board member of the Mortenson Family Foundation.
Dana is a frequent speaker on the subject of global citizenship and social entrepreneurship, and has spoken recently at the Harvard University School of Education, 21st Century Schools Consortium, Nebraska Global Education Consortium, SXSWedu, and Social Venture Partners national conference.
Dana holds a B.A. in International Relations from Connecticut College and a Masters in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.