Interim Director, Sr. Research Scientist
Dana Bell is Associate Director for Early Childhood Projects and Senior Research Scientist at the Cradle to Career Policy Institute at the University of New Mexico. She collaborates with partners in the early childhood as well as workforce training fields to effect data-informed policy change. Her work with CCPI focuses on state and local efforts to improve outcomes for New Mexico families and children, with projects including multiyear evaluation of New Mexico’s home visiting and childcare assistance systems; evaluation of the state’s centralized family supports referral system; policy studies of the child care sector; and multiyear evaluation of a Department of Labor grant to develop coordinated community college workforce training for low-skilled workers statewide. She also serves in statewide and local cross-sector policy initiatives such as the Albuquerque Mayor’s One ABQ Kids’ Cabinet Outcomes workgroup, the Statewide Early Childhood Coordinated Systems-Act Early task force, the New Mexico Statewide Home Visiting Collaborative and the Early Childhood Accountability Partnership, a collective impact network in central New Mexico. Prior to joining CCPI, Dana worked for more than fifteen years as a freelance researcher, writer and editor in a variety of academic and nonprofit settings, including for the University of New Mexico and the U.S. Department of Education. Before moving to New Mexico, Dana was project associate at the Center for Ethics and Social Policy in Berkeley, CA, where she helped design and facilitate projects to foster cross-sectoral collaborations on social and economic public policy initiatives. Dana earned her Master of Divinity degree at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, with a program emphasis on education and social change. She has also worked as an elementary classroom teacher and writing specialist in Albuquerque Public Schools, and in the children’s book publishing industry in New York.