Ms. Dart has over thirteen years’ experience in non-profit association management. Most recently, she served as the Associate Executive Director for the Illinois Public Health Association (IPHA), an 8,000-member organization dedicated exclusively to protecting the public’s health. During her tenure, Ms. Dart was instrumental in developing IPHA’s social media platform, and its policy and governance process. She participated in numerous advocacy campaigns including the passage of the 2008 Smoke Free Illinois Act. In 2014, Ms. Dart was appointed as IPHA’s representative to the Illinois Terrorism Task Force (ITTF) which serves as an advisory body to Illinois Government providing recommendations and guidance on homeland security laws, policies, protocol, and procedures.
Ms. Dart has always had a passion for working to promote health and well-being for underserved populations. She began her career as a Health Educator for the Sangamon County Department of Public Health, where she worked to promote healthy behaviors and to prevent disease and illness through tailored community education and awareness programs. From there, Ms. Dart developed experience in grassroots advocacy and coalition building as a community organizer with the Illinois Coalition Against Tobacco (ICAT). While at ICAT, she worked with several health advocates to reduce tobacco use, especially among youth. Ms. Dart also managed the Washington, DC office of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability (ANA), a network of local, regional, and national organizations representing the concerns of communities in the shadows of US nuclear weapons and radioactive waste dumps. During her tenure at ANA, she educated Members of Congress and Federal agency leaders on nuclear nonproliferation, nuclear waste, and reprocessing issues. She also worked against the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository and the formation of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership in the United States. Ms. Dart received her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Health Services Administration degrees from the University of Illinois. She resides in Springfield, Illinois with her husband Tom and daughter Gabriella.
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