Dana Vickers Shelley
Dana Vickers Shelley is president of DVStrategies LLC. Using strategic communications and leadership, Dana guides business executives, nonprofit leaders, cabinet members, policymakers and community officials in connecting strategy to passion to meet desired results.Dana’s management of cross-cultural teams has been integral to: mobilizing public support for effective voting protections for all Americans; expanding visibility of litigation and advocacy to address discrimination against black and Latino children, and the LGBTQ community; influencing policymakers to improve indicators of child well-being; strengthening internal communications and team productivity; and raising awareness among teenagers to the importance of safe sex through community events with Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Over the past 15 years, she has advised a wide range of corporations, foundations and NGOs including: Nike, S. C. Johnson, Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, D5 Coalition on Diversity in Philanthropy, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and Embassy of Qatar.
As a senior communications appointee in the Administration of William Jefferson Clinton, Dana directed on-site media affairs for international business missions led by Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown to Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and the Middle East. She also handled outreach efforts in the White House Office of Public Liaison to communicate Administration programs and initiatives to African-American and Latino leaders.
In addition to being a creative and thoughtful problem solver, Dana is a skilled facilitator and public speaker. She has presented on civil rights, strategic communications, leadership development, and the role of communications in political advocacy to the Fulbright Scholars Program, Independent Sector, and Yale Law School’s Arthur Liman Public Interest Program. She has also spoken at training conferences for Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, National Association of Black Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, and Morgan State University’s School of Global Journalism and Communication.
Dana holds a Master of Public Administration degree from American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.