Dana BezerraVice President, Capital Markets, F.B. Heron Foundation
Dana is vice president of Capital Markets at the F.B. Heron Foundation. She found her way to Heron after a variety of interesting career adventures including stints in agriculture, biotech, culinary art, lost wax bronze sculpture, the death care industry, and nearly 10 years at Merrill Lynch. She has long been passionate about community economic development, likely owing to some early experiences including the failure of the local creamery to which her family sold milk; the unintended consequences of the federal dairy buy-out of the 1980s. Dana currently Chairs the Board of Capital Impact Partners, a $1B CDFI; serves on the steering committees for Mission Investors’ Exchange and Markets for Good; and as a reviewer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as part of its Grand Challenge Exploration Program. In her role at Heron, she is responsible for deal sourcing, identifying and developing relationships across a spectrum of investors, syndicating capital when possible, and cultivating opportunities to deploy the full range of Heron’s “toolbox” including grants, program related investments, and market-rate mission related investments. She can provide an extraordinary range of practical experience to the Play BIG mix.