Urban Conservancy catalyzes equitable practices and policies related to the urban built environment and local economy through research, education, and advocacy.
Dana Eness (Executive Director)
Dana Eness has been Executive Director of The Urban Conservancy since 2007. Dana was a founding board member of The Urban Conservancy’s Stay Local! initiative in 2003, which is dedicated to creating a robust economy based on strong locally-owned businesses.
Since receiving her MA in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, Dana worked in non-profit administration, programming, community development and systems building while developing and managing cross-cultural and literacy programs abroad, at Tulane University, and for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. Post-Katrina, Dana took the position at The Urban Conservancy to work on issues related to New Orleans’ sustainable recovery.
She lives in the Riverbend neighborhood with her husband and two children.