Fellows Network

Dana Lanza

Confluence Philanthropy, CEO

Pound Ridge, New York

Dana launched Confluence Philanthropy in August of 2009 after serving as the Executive Director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA). While at EGA, Dana provided networking services to over 250 grantmaking organizations from across North America and Europe in 15 strategic funding areas. She also worked with the Rockefeller Family Fund, and led a then 20-year-old EGA into an independent 501c3 organization.

In addition to her role at Confluence, Dana serves as an Advisor at The Swift Foundation. Swift makes grants internationally that benefit the environment, indigenous and rural communities, and climate change initiatives. Thirty percent of the Foundation’s endowment is committed towards mission related investments. Dana currently serves on the Board of International Funders for Indigenous Peoples.

Prior to her work in philanthropy, Dana founded Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), which brought free urban environmental education projects to more than 10,000 public school students, while employing hundreds of at risk youth as community advocates. She acted as a lead organizer in the closure of San Francisco’s infamous Hunters Point Power Plant and later raised funds to supplant it with the region’s first off-the-grid Eco Center. Dana has taught in the Master’s in Teaching Program in Critical Global Literacy at New College of California and is a Fellow at the California Women’s Foundation Policy Institute.

A recipient of several environmental awards, she has presented at Bioneers, the American Public Health Association, and the European Foundation Center, among others. Prior to these achievements, Dana lived and worked among the Samburu people in northern Kenya for many years, as well as the Lakota in South Dakota. She lives on a 250-acre farm in Pound Ridge, New York.

Selected Publications
Dana contributed to the anthology titled Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World in 2005.

Updated May 2009.