Dana Waters

Dana Watters is the Program Director for the Local Democracy Initiative at the National League of Cities, where she oversees the Cities Vote program, aimed at supporting local elected officials in their efforts to ensure safe, fair elections and to engage members of their communities in the vital work of building a more vibrant, inclusive democracy. She has proudly served as a poll worker since 2016 and testified last year before the New York State Senate’s Elections Committee on the challenges facing voters and poll workers and lessons to be learned from other jurisdictions. She is a member of the Census Bureau’s National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations. Dana’s career has centered on the promotion of human rights, and she has worked on issues ranging from criminal justice reform to minority rights in post-conflict countries. She earned her Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.