U.S. House, New York 24
Dana Balter has been fighting for the underdog since she was a young girl. Dana’s younger brother, Jonathan, has cognitive disabilities. As they grew up together, Jonathan taught Dana about the struggle to overcome adversity and that she would have an important role to play in that struggle. From her earliest memories, Dana has been inspired to stand passionately for dignity and access for all.
Shaped by these childhood experiences, Dana began her career in the field of special education, working at a nonprofit organization that provides support services to adults with cognitive disabilities. There she began as a teacher, became the Director of Education, and finally the Director of Marketing and Communications. Through her role in marketing, she met parents of children and adults with disabilities across the country who were desperate to find appropriate services for their children.
Motivated by her nonprofit work, Dana returned to school and earned her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut and is currently a PhD candidate at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Dana’s academic work has focused on education policy, public finance, and accountability in government. She also serves as a Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor at the Maxwell School, teaching courses in citizenship, policy, administration, and democracy.
In her campaign for New York’s 24th Congressional District, Dana is standing up to fight for the things her community needs most: affordable healthcare for every person; an equitable, high quality education for every child; policies that promote economic justice and meaningful employment; an insistence on racial justice and demand for equal treatment under the law for all people; protection of our natural resources and responsible stewardship of the Earth; a restoration of respect for our democratic institutions and American values. Dana’s priority will be to amplify the voices of the community and ensure that no one is left behind.