Dana Stein is the Executive Director and Founder of Civic Works, a nationally recognized “urban Peace Corps” in Baltimore City that transforms the lives of young adults through community service. Participants rehab homes, build parks and gardens, tutor and mentor students, make improvements in the homes of senior citizens, and grow fresh produce on an urban farm. Civic Works also operates a high school in Baltimore City and is based in the historic Clifton Mansion.
Dana is also a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and represents District 11 in Baltimore County. He was first elected to the House in 2006 and is currently Vice Chair of the Environment and Transportation Committee and Chair of the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Open Space Subcommittee. Dana also chairs the Education Subcommittee of the Baltimore County Delegation and co-chairs the state’s Financial Education and Capability Commission. He has served as the House of Delegates representative on the Maryland Commission on Climate Change since 2015.
Prior to establishing Civic Works, Dana practiced law for several years at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey in Washington, D.C. He has a B.A. in government from Harvard College, a law degree from Columbia Law School, and a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. Dana is an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore and is the author of the novel Fire in the Wind (Tate Publishing, 2010), which imagines a future in which significant climate change has occurred.
Dana lives in Pikesville with his wife Margaret and their three children.