Dana Edwards is the Strategic Communications Manager for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. She manages the college’s digital and creative properties as well as public relations output while forming marketing and communication strategies that attract new students to the college, meet the needs of current students, and connect with alumni of the college.
Currently, Dana is completing her master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from West Virginia University, and expects to finish her program in spring 2018. Dana graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Journalism and cum laude with a B.A. in History from the University of Florida in 2014. She currently blogs monthly for the Catholic Apostolate Center, located in Washington, D.C. Dana is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Previously, Dana served as the Director of Digital and Creative Strategy on the communications team for The James Madison Institute in Tallahassee, Fla. She managed the Institute’s graphic design and video projects, social media accounts, websites and other digital properties while forming communication strategies for JMI’s message.
Dana has experience writing, creating videos, shooting photographs, and managing social media accounts for the Tallahassee Democrat as an intern. Her work has also appeared in The Gainesville Sun, The Independent Florida Alligator, WUFT-FM in Gainesville, and Tower Publications, Inc. magazines. She previously held internships at Sachs Media Group, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program, and National History Day in College Park, Maryland. While at UF, Dana served as the Director of Communications for the Campus Diplomats, the ambassadors to the Dean of Students Office, and Webmaster for the UF Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
A native Tallahassean, Dana received the Best & Brightest Award for Journalism in 2010. She has also received regional awards for her photography through the Society of Professional Journalists at the collegiate level, and is a two-time recipient of the Capitol Press Corps Barbara Frye Scholarship.
Her interest in communications and history stemmed from creating nationally recognized history fair projects for National History Day. Her exhibits have been displayed in the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and Florida’s Historic Capitol Museum. Dana continues to volunteer with history fair as a judge at the local and state levels.
Dana enjoys volunteering with her parish, Queen of Peace Catholic Church, reading, crafting, spending time with her family and dogs, and cheering on the Gators as a Life Member of the UF Alumni Association.