Dana is a retired eye surgeon who was a candidate for the Maryland state Senate in 2014. She is currently Executive Director of Gender Rights Maryland, the state’s trans political organization which worked the gender identity bill to passage in 2014. She served a term as a senior adviser for Councilmember Trachtenberg on the Montgomery County Council. She is chair of the national advisory board of Freedom to Work, and writes a weekly column for The Huffington Post. She recently served on the Rules Committee of the national Democratic Party, and has twice run for state Delegate in Maryland District 18. She was inducted into the Montgomery County Human Rights Hall of Fame in 2014.
Dana has been an advocate on public health issues, including research on the effects of DES and endocrine disruptors on human sexuality and reproduction, and was lead staffer passing the first county-wide ban of artificial trans fats in the U.S. – a ban that will be extended nationwide next year. Dana has been VP of Equality Maryland and Maryland NOW, a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Governor, and a board member of Mobile Med and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE). She is currently on the board of Keshet, the national Jewish LGBT organization, and the steering committee of Progressive Neighbors, Montgomery County’s leading progressive advocacy organization. In 2009 she helped organize and co-authored The Dallas Principles. She led the coalitions that passed the Baltimore, Howard and Montgomery County gender identity anti-discrimination laws, and defended the Montgomery County law against national right-wing forces in 2008. She was on the workgroup at the Washington Psychiatric Society that wrote the Gender Dysphoria text for the DSM 5, declassifying being transgender as a mental disorder. She was the first out trans graduate of the Senior Executive Program in State and Local Government at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.