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Equity. Access. Excellence.

Our Commitment Runs Deep

Dana Center staff bring to our work a rich collective expertise in classroom teaching, instructional leadership, education administration, curriculum development, and national leadership in organizations

While we may come from a range of backgrounds and bring a range of experiences, each day we show up with a common purpose: to support the equitable access of all students to an excellent math and science education.

Our team understands the challenges, issues, and opportunities facing our nation’s education systems. Many of our staff have served firsthand as instructors, instructional leaders, curriculum developers, and K–12 or higher education administrators. We bring a deep, research-based approach to our work, and we continually push ourselves to innovate.

It is this visionary spirit that led to the creation of the Dana Center by our Executive Director Uri Treisman—and it’s what inspires us each day.

Dana Center Leadership

Uri Treisman, Executive Director

Philip Uri Treisman is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, professor of mathematics, and professor of public affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Uri Treisman Bio

Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Managing Director

Elisha works to enact the Center’s mission of ensuring that all students—particularly those who have traditionally been underserved—have equitable access to an excellent math and science education. 

Elisha Smith Arrillaga Bio

Richard Blount, Chief Operating Officer

Richard leads the business affairs and operational functions of the Center, including accounting, finance, administration, communication and publications, human resources, and informational technology

RICHARD BLOUNT BIO

David Kung, Director, Policy

David leads the policy work at the Center, which includes in-depth policy analysis and the development of tools and briefs for systems, regions, and states.

David T. Kung Bio

Afi Y. Wiggins, Director, Strategy and Impact

Afi leads the strategic planning and evaluation of organizational impact and equity goals, and oversees our fundraising process.

Afi Wiggins Bio

Mary Ellen Isaacs, Literacy First Director

Mary Ellen is the director of Literacy First, dedicated to providing low-income schools with highly trained tutors to ensure that children advance to grade level in reading before third grade.

Mary Ellen Isaacs Bio

Meet Our Teams