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Dana Benjamin-Allen

Project Consultant


I was fortunate to be introduced to and work with Common Impact in 2014, while working for a Boys & Girls Club in MA. I worked with an incredibly talented volunteer group to rethink our organization’s IT infrastructure. My learnings from and experience with Common Impact laid the groundwork for a successful implementation. It is an honor to pay my experience forward and help other organizations optimize skills-based volunteers to meet (and exceed) organizational goals.

Dana has a proven track record of building organizational capacity at the local, state and national levels. She empowers nonprofit and for profit companies to use data to advance their missions with her deep experience in involving stakeholders in developing and executing effective strategic plans, program designs and evaluation measurement strategies.  In undertaking this work, Dana has drawn on her background as a direct service provider, and as an organizational leader designing, managing and evaluating programs in the nonprofit sector. She finds joy in bridging the gap between research and practice and remains most interested in effecting real-world change by helping individual programs better measure their success.

Dana’s personal and professional life is rooted in service, with youth development as its hallmark. Since serving as an AmeriCorps member in 2005, she has been profoundly impacted by the power, possibility, and potential of bringing people together to solve complex challenges. Dana’s professional journey has included senior leadership roles at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Middlesex County, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, the Massachusetts Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. As a community leader in the local, regional, and national nonprofit space she creates systems and uses data to solve problems, streamline processes, and improve outcomes. For 13 years, she helped the Boys & Girls Clubs and other nonprofit organizations build capacity to support their mission, strategies, and growth by creating a dialogue that gives individuals an opportunity to understand technical concepts so that they can meaningfully engage in conversations and contribute to results.