A boundary spanner and catalyst for systemic change, Kitty Hsu Dana designed and led Cities of Opportunity as Senior Health Policy Advisor at the National League of Cities. Participating city officials advanced policies and practices to improve factors that affect health, equity and opportunity in their communities. Appointed to NLC’s COVID Task Force, Kitty and cross-functional colleagues helped cities transform systems as they navigated the challenges of the pandemic. As Vice President of Community Impact, Health at United Way Worldwide, she created UWW’s first-ever health portfolio and positioned UWW and local United Ways as must-have partners in health and prevention. Earlier Kitty served in executive posts in organizations dedicated to improving lives: American Public Health Association, American Friends Service Committee, Planned Parenthood of Maryland, and the Helix Health System/MedStar Health.
A recognized thought leader in health, equity and prevention, Kitty is the President of the Board of Prevention Institute. An active member of Concerned Citizens Defending Democracy, she works on voter rights, inclusive democracy and deliberative dialogue. Kitty holds a B.A. magna cum laude in Sociology from Princeton University and an M.B.A. in Health Services Management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.