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SparkNC is a transformative new initiative that will accelerate learner progress along pathways to careers in high-tech fields like artificial intelligence and machine learning, software development, computer systems engineering, and cybersecurity.

Dana Brinson

Senior Director

Dana Brinson, Senior Director of Spark NC, has spent her career in service of equity, innovation and transformation in K-12 public education. Dana has more than two decades of experience as a special educator, consultant, international grantmaker, transition coach, facilitator, and nonprofit board leader. She is driven by a vision of learning that is experiential, inclusive, caring and student-centered.

Prior to joining SparkNC, Dana founded Consulting Betwixt ( where she serves as a transition coach and guide for nonprofit leaders and others moving through significant periods of change. Before Betwixt, Dana was a program officer at Oak Foundation’s Learning Differences Program where she managed a $20+ million grant portfolio that funded tech, research, PD and youth leadership efforts to support the success of students with learning differences such as dyslexia.

Dana holds a master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, bachelor’s degrees in psychology and history from West Virginia University, and a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University.


Dana Brinson
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