Policy and Research Associate
Dana Godek works predominantly on policy-related data to support initiatives that assist state education agencies as they plan, develop, and implement statewide SEL policies and practices. In that role, she systematically analyzes SEL and workforce readiness policies, as well as other related policies to advance the Collaborating States Initiative (CSI).
Prior to joining CASEL, Dana was the administrative director for special projects in Palm Beach County, Fla. She has served four urban districts in similar capacities, drawing on her expertise in government relations, strategic communications, resource development, and state/federal compliance. She led government relations and fund development efforts within the higher education community resulting in workforce education expansions in Florida.
Dana earned her doctoral degree in education and organizational leadership and is widely recognized as an authority on public education policy and resource development. She is a published author whose most recent novel explores the challenges of disenfranchised youth. She developed social and emotional learning curriculum for Florida Atlantic University, where she is also a graduate program adjunct professor.