Dana practiced law for several years at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Washington, D.C., working on antitrust, banking, international trade and pro-bono matters. In 1991, he returned to Baltimore to found Civic Works, a nationally-recognized “urban Peace Corps” that transforms the lives of young adults through community service. Participants work to rehab homes, build parks and gardens, tutor and mentor students, and teach disaster preparedness. Dana serves as president and executive director of Civic Works.
Dana has been a leader in community and Democratic activities for many years. He has been chairman of the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee, and in 2002 he was appointed to the House of Delegates to fill a vacancy in District 11. He has served as president of the Liberty Road Community Council and GrassRoots Recycling, chairman of the social action committee of Temple Oheb Shalom, and vice president of Sudbrook Park, Inc.
Currently, Dana is a board member of the American Jewish Congress—Maryland Chapter. He was elected to the Maryland House of Delegates in the year 2006 and serves on the Environmental Matters Committee.
Dana lives in Pikesville with his wife Margaret and their three children.