Senior Director of National and Global Engagement
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute

Dayna Dion is Senior Director of National Engagement at the Urban Education Institute. In this role, Dion develops and leads the implementation of communications and engagement strategies to support the initiatives and priorities of the Urban Education Institute in Chicago and across the country. 

Dion has more than 15 years of experience leading the development of brand and communications strategies. Prior to joining the Urban Education Institute, Dion was Regional Director of Communications Planning at Optimum Media Direction (OMD), a Senior Partner at Ogilvy & Mather, and Strategic Planning Director at Element 79 Partners. She has developed and led large-scale projects for Dove, Kimberly-Clark, and the American Medical Association and has spoken at conferences including SXSW, The Cannes International Festival of Creativity, and the Advertising Educational Foundation as an expert in modern marketing and brand strategy.

Dion holds an MA in international relations from the University of Chicago and an MS in journalism from Northwestern University.