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Lecturer in Public Policy
Assistant: M. Derya Honca

Dr. Dana H. Born is a retired Brigadier General with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force.

She serves as Faculty Chair, Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) Program; Faculty Advisor for the Black Family Graduate Fellowship and previously the National Security Fellows; Lecturer in Public Policy, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  Prior to coming to Harvard, from 2004-2013, she served two terms as the Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where she was also the Professor and Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. Previously, Dana served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force, Assistant Director for Recruiting Research and Analysis for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy), Deputy Chief of the Personnel Issues Team for the Department of the Air Force (DC/Staff Personnel), Aide and Speech Writer to the Secretary of the Air Force, Squadron Commander for 11th Mission Support Squadron at Bolling AFB, DC and in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

As a Distinguished HOW Fellow, Dana is a teacher and mentor with The HOW Institute for Society’s NXT-GEN Fellowship for Moral Leadership. She is also a host of the HOW Conversations video series and podcast.

A graduate with distinction of the United States Air Force Academy, Professor Born received her B.S. in Behavioral Sciences (1983), M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Trinity University, TX (1985), M.A. in Research Psychology from University of Melbourne (1991) and Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Penn State University (1994). She received Penn State University’s Alumni Fellow Award (2012) and Distinguished Alumni Award (2018) and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Simmons College in Humane Administration (2007).

Born is the recipient of the Secretary of the Air Force’s Eugene M. Zuckert Award for Outstanding Management Achievement, Air Force Association’s Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award for outstanding contributions to Aerospace education, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit and Defense Meritorious Service Medal. She has been honored with the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) Annual Teaching Awards 2014-2023 as well as the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Innovation in Teaching Award in 2017.

Dr. Born is an Independent Director and Chair on the Midwest Reliability Organization Board, previously serving as Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, and serves on the Governance and Personnel Committee; a Trustee on the Board for DeVry University serving as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee and on the Academic Quality and Student Success Committee; Independent Director, Volato [SOAR (NYSE)], and Chair of the Audit Committee, Academic Advisory Board member, Chegg [CHGG (NYSE)];  as well as Trustee with the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Foundation – serving on the Strategy and Governance and formerly on the Scholarship Committees; Supporting Director on the Air Force Academy Foundation Board and Chair of the Stewardship Committee; Past President and Chair of the Board, International Women’s Forum - Massachusetts; Senior Consultant for the Core Leadership Institute; 10 years as a Peer Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission; Member of the Women Corporate Directors, International Women’s Forum, and Council on Foreign Relations; former Council Member on Boston Mayor’s Pay Equity Workforce Council; Advisory Board Member for ”With Honor;” and “A Child’s Guide to War” documentary, “Blue Star Families,” Senior Officer for Mission: Readiness; Honorary Board member for the National EOD Warrior Foundation. Past-President of the American Psychological Association (Society for Military Psychology) and previous Independent Director on Board of the Apollo Education Group having served on Compensation, Audit, and Special Litigation Committees.

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Outside Professional Activities For Dana Born

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ANZSOG Consulting
Bahrain Government Consulting
DeVry University Fiduciary board membership
Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) Membership on a scientific or other advisory board
1440 Multiversity Reimbursed travel
1440 Multiversity Research or teaching appointment
Saint Josephs University Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Sandia National Laboratories Speaking engagement, invited lecture, or presentation
Department of Homeland Security Consulting


Assistant: M. Derya Honca


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