Dana Mortenson
Executive Director, World Savvy

Dana is the Co-Founder and CEO of World Savvy, a national education nonprofit working to educate and engage youth as responsible global citizens. World Savvy supports change agents in K-12 education to create more inclusive, adaptive schools that ensure all young people can develop the skills and dispositions needed to thrive in a more diverse, interconnected world. World Savvy programs provide support at three critical levels to deeply integrate global competence into teaching, learning and culture: student engagement, teacher capacity and school and district leadership support. Since 2002, Dana has led the organization through significant national expansion, reaching more than 655,000 middle and high school youth and 4,500 educators across 25 states and 5 countries, from offices based in Minneapolis, San Francisco and New York.  

Dana is an Ashoka Fellow, was named one of The New Leaders Council’s 40 under 40 Progressive American Leaders, and was winner of the Tides Foundation’s Jane Bagley Lehman award for excellence in public advocacy in 2014. She is a frequent speaker on global education and social entrepreneurship at high profile convenings, including Harvard University School of Education, 21st Century Schools Consortium, Nebraska Global Education Consortium, TABS/NAIS Global Symposium, TEDx Fargo, the Ashoka Future Forum, the Latin America Changemaker Education Summit in Bogota, Colombia, and SXSWedu. World Savvy’s work has been featured in the The New York TimesEdutopia and a range of local and national media outlets covering education and innovation.