Dana Hamdan

Chief of Staff
Senior Director for Strategic Engagement
20 Benevolent Street


Dana serves the Division of Campus Life as the chief of staff and senior director for strategic engagement. She helps initiate and implement institutional and divisional priorities, working with the division’s staff to coordinate and align operations and resources related to the student experience. She also helps direct a range of professional growth opportunities for staff at all levels and career stages. She leads the expansion of the assessment of  division- and department-level strategic indicators measuring progress and outcomes. 

This upcoming academic year, Dana will oversee new growth areas for the division, including diversity, equity and inclusion efforts; division communications; and parent and family engagement.  Supervising new directors in each of these areas, she will provide vision and leadership in developing priorities for future growth, working with key internal and external partners.  

Dana comes to Brown from Oberlin College, where she served as Associate Dean of Students and Executive Director of the Career Development Center.  At Oberlin, she developed and managed career programming and outreach initiatives, led efforts on student advising, leadership, engagement, and support, and oversaw the Center for Innovation & Impact, the International Student Resource Center, and the Student Help and Resource Exchange (akin to Student Support Services at Brown).  

Dana holds a BA from Guilford College, where she majored in political science, and an MEd from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She speaks Arabic and English fluently.