Dana BartolomeiDirector of Sustainability Policy
Dana Bartolomei works with state and local partners across the country to advance the National Housing Trust’s mission of making multifamily homes healthy and affordable through energy efficiency. With a focus on the Southeast, she analyzes efficiency policies, advocates for solutions, and helps build strong relationships among affordable housing owners, energy efficiency advocates, equity groups, and consumer advocates. Dana also leads NHT’s state housing finance agency engagement on energy and water efficiency, with a specific interest in utility allowances.
Prior to joining the National Housing Trust, Dana took a detour from affordable housing and worked as Press Secretary for U.S. Representative Dave Loebsack (IA-02). Dana implemented the Representative’s national and state public relations strategy, with a focus on issues related to the representative’s work on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.
Dana has experience working on affordable housing for a small community development corporation in Tennessee, with a focus on preserving existing affordable housing, and consulting to local governments in Iowa on impediments to fair housing and assessments of community housing needs. While in graduate school, Dana worked in the University of Iowa Department of Planning, Design and Construction on campus master planning including long-term sustainability planning and is a LEED Green Associate.
Dana holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Rhodes College, in Memphis, Tennessee, and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, where she specialized in Housing and Community Development.