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Dyana Mason


Dyana Mason is a Ph.D candidate at the USC Price School of Public Policy. A fourth-year student in the Public Policy & Management program, Dyana chose USC because to a large degree it meant “coming home” to her alma mater. Her research interests include nonprofit management and governance, the organization and formation of interest/advocacy organizations, the political economy of the nonprofit sector, charitable giving and experimental research on collective action and fundraising activities. She has a forthcoming publication in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly entitled “Putting Charity to the Test: A Case for Field Experiments on Giving Time and Money in the Nonprofit Sector.”

Prior to attending the University of Southern California, she spent fifteen years working in the nonprofit sector for national, state and regional nonprofit organizations, including the Fund for Public Interest Research (a national environmental and consumer organization), the Human Rights Campaign and Equality Virginia (LGBT equality organizations). While serving Equality Virginia as its Executive Director from 2003-2008, she also served as Deputy Campaign Manager and Field Director for The Commonwealth Coalition, the campaign to defeat Virginia’s so-called “marriage amendment.” Growing up in Northern California, she received her B.A. from USC and an MBA from The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. After Dyana completes the program at Price, she hopes to move into academia. Additional information about Dyana’s research and professional interests is available on her website:

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