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Sheila Bravo Named President and CEO of DANA

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Wilmington, DE – The board of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA) is pleased to announce that Sheila Bravo has been named as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. She comes to DANA after spending 5years as Executive Director of the Rehoboth Art League.

“We are thrilled to have Sheila on board and leading this organization. Her extensive experience in nonprofit, for-profit, and academia shown through in the selection process,” said Bill Allan, president of the board of directors. “Sheila’s breadth of experience, passion for the nonprofit sector and desire to move DANA into the future make her an excellent choice to be our next president.”

Bravo began her career in advertising, then in brand leadership positions launching new products, expanding businesses internationally, and developing strategic growth plans for brands such as Vlasic Pickles, Godiva Chocolatier, Corelle Dinnerware, Corningware Ovenware and Pyrex bakeware. She transitioned to provide strategic planning, new product, and leadership consulting services to mid-size companies and nonprofit organizations in a variety of industries. Her work led her to pursue a doctorate in leadership, specializing in nonprofit governance.

Bravo has a PhD in Organizational Leadership from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a BS in Business and Languages from Millersville University.

“Nonprofit organizations positively impact everyone in the State of Delaware – whether it is engaging us in art, teaching children to read, or helping those in need,” says Bravo.

“Through its consulting work, training courses, Standards For Excellence® and advocacy, DANA helps nonprofits improve their processes to deliver their mission efficiently and effectively. I look forward to working with the DANA board and staff, its Alliance Partners, nonprofit leaders, and our elected officials to strengthen the nonprofit sector.”

Bravo will begin as President and CEO on Monday, August 31, 2015.

The search for DANA’s new CEO began in April after Chris Grundner announced his departure. The board formed a search committee, and accepted dozens of applications both from within and outside of Delaware.

About DANA: As the leader of the nonprofit sector, DANA’s mission is to strengthen, enhance, and advance nonprofits and the sector in Delaware through advocacy, training, capacity building, and research. For more information, visit