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Meet Our 2019 Cohort of Fellows: Dana Tumbaga

Boston University, Questrom School of Business

Dana Tumbaga is an MBA candidate at Boston University, Questrom School of Business. Dana obtained a dual degree in Psychology and Sociology with a focus on International Studies from the University of California, San Diego in June 2015. After graduating, she moved to New Orleans to serve at Eden House, a nonprofit providing recovery resources to survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, as an AmeriCorps member, later joining the team as a full-time staff. At Eden House, Dana developed and managed the organization's social enterprise to provide residents in the program with employment and job training. In her spare time, Dana enjoys learning new languages, reading, and exploring.

What made you consider business school?

During my time in AmeriCorps, I became increasingly aware of how structural inefficiencies and a lack of funding prevent many nonprofit organizations from providing much-needed services to vulnerable populations in a way that maximizes their impact. Additionally, I became interested in the ways job development social enterprises, particularly, give individuals a foundation to recover from trauma and addiction, looking at financial wellness as a component of recovery. I began looking into business school as a means to gain skills to make nonprofit operations more efficient, and believed that integrating traditional for-profit strategies to drive social missions was one way to make social service organizations stronger.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?

I am most excited to be back in the classroom, learning new things with super cool people! I am excited not only to learn theories and functional skills through lectures, but also from other students in my program who have such diverse experiences and skill sets.

Who are some leaders (in the LGBT community, in business, or in society) that most inspire you?

While there are so many notable figures that inspire me, I am most in awe of local community organizers who put in tireless hours to advocate for change in their community and empower often overlooked individuals to advocate for themselves by speaking their truths.

What's one thing everyone should know about you?

In true Ravenclaw fashion, I own Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in four different languages.