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Dayna Cunningham

Dayna L. Cunningham is Executive Director of MIT

Community Innovators Lab (CoLab), a planning and

development lab in the MIT Department of Urban

Studies and Planning. Prior to CoLab, as Program Director of the ELIAS Project, an MIT-based collaboration between business, NGOs and government, she worked with leaders using profound

innovation processes to create multi-sector initiatives for economic, social and environmental sustainability. Dayna has worked as an Associate Director at the Rockefeller Foundation supporting efforts to explore changing racial dynamics and new conceptions of race in the U.S.; as a voting rights lawyer with the

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, litigating cases in the U.S. South, and briefly as an officer for the New York City Program at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Dayna is a 2004 graduate of the Sloan Fellows MBA program of the MIT Sloan School of Management and has a BA from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and a JD from New York University School of Law. Contact Dayna at


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