WGR Featured Member: Dana Halvorson

Dana Halvorson
Senior Director of Not for Profit & Constituent Services, American Health Care Association (AHCA)

Favorite DC Restaurant: Founding Farmers in DC (North Dakota based/founded restaurant)
Hometown: Mandan, North Dakota
Fun Fac
t: I volunteer at a local dog rescue in DC, and enjoy playing tennis and golf.
About Dana: I was born and raised in North Dakota, and attended undergrad at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota receiving a Political Science Major and Spanish Minor.  The game plan was to attend law school right after undergrad, but a wonderful opportunity arose to work in the office of now retired U.S. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND) post my internship that I did my last semester of undergrad.  That internship turned into a full time job, and I worked for the Senator for approximately 7 years in the health care policy arena.  I was also the Senator’s internship manager during some that time, which allowed me the opportunity to be a mentor.  I have family in the North Dakota and California area, and enjoy residing in the downtown DC area where there is always so much going on.    
WGR provides a great venue for allowing women in all stages in their government relations career to connect and network.

What attracted you to WGR and how has it helped you personally & professionally? WGR programs, such as the Transformational Leadership Program, have provided me the ability to growth further both professionally and personally.  Events, such as the Spring and holiday receptions and educational offerings, provide an atmosphere for women to be able to openly discuss areas impacting the WGR membership --- and fosters a great setting for sharing ideas. 

What was your original career plan and how did you end up in government relations? As noted above, my original career plan was to go onto law school right after undergrad, and after a great internship opportunity in the Senator’s office that turned into a full-time job/career – my plans changed in a good way!  You never know what life might have in store!

What advice do you have for young women entering the field?
I highly recommend doing internships to focus in on where your interests may be, and to get your foot in the door of an organization that might be a good fit for you.  Work hard, network, establish a relationship with a mentor/s, and find a calling/career you truly enjoy.  

What is your favorite part of your day or job?
I get a great variety in my job every day, from working with AHCA’s provider members, to members on Capitol Hill and their staff, to different federal agencies.  Never a dull moment, and having the opportunity to learn something new every day and be challenged is always a plus! 

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