Dana Bourland is vice president of Green Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners and oversees environmental strategy for the national organization. Bourland directs all aspects of the national award-winning Enterprise Green Communities, from strategic planning and program development to evaluation and public policy advocacy. Currently, she is leading the next generation of Enterprise Green Communities to specifically address retrofits of existing buildings and the comprehensive provision of community-based green services with the goal of making all affordable housing - new and existing - green by 2020. Bourland is the author of the newly published Incremental Cost, Measurable Savings: Enterprise Green Communities Criteria, a study that proves the cost effectiveness of creating and preserving affordable homes that meet the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria. Bourland works with Enterprise’s financial affiliates to align and integrate the delivery of various forms of project financing to Enterprise Green Communities developments, including equity investments and predevelopment loans. Additionally, she serves as managing director of the Green Communities Offset Fund.
Bourland previously worked at the Maryland Department of Planning, where she implemented and collaborated with other state agencies and national organizations on Smart Growth-related policies including a Smart Growth Fund, Port Land Use, Smart Codes, Transit Oriented Development and the management of a statewide infrastructure needs analysis. Prior to the Maryland Department of Planning, she worked on poverty reduction strategies in communities across an eight-state region, with the Northwest Area Foundation.
A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, Bourland holds a master's degree in planning from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and is a graduate of Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Program in Real Estate. She is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a LEED Accredited Professional, a member of the first Leadership Forum organized by the National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL) and a juror for the Washington Smart Growth Alliance’s Smart and Sustainable Growth Recognition Program. Bourland also serves on Affordable Housing Finance’s editorial advisory board and the board of directors of Affordable Comfort. She was recently named one of Fast Company magazine’s Most Influential Women Activists in Technology.