Alumni Hall of Fame
Dana Cook '97
Dana Cook graduated from Chaminade College Preparatory in 1997. While at Chaminade, she played volleyball, served as the boys’ soccer team assistant, participated in the Key Club, was elected to prom court, and took AP courses in English and Chemistry. She cites Bernie Chin, who retired in 2016, as an inspiring teacher, and fondly recalls her math and religion teachers.
After Chaminade, Dana studied communications at the University of California, Santa Barbara and graduated in 2001. She also studied communications at the University of Córdoba in Spain.
Dana is an Emmy and Gracie award-winning producer and documentary filmmaker, dedicated to shining light on issues that bring about social change. She has been featured on Good Morning America and in Forbes and Marie Claire.
Over the past 15 years, Dana has worked in Los Angeles and Chicago, creating original content for major networks such as ABC, NBC, Food Network, HGTV, The Obama Foundation, and most recently, Jeffrey Katzenberg’s new digital platform, Quibi. This winter, Dana is producing for Oprah’s Weight Watchers (WW) 2020 Vision Tour, which spans nine cities over nine weeks.
Dana is the co-founder of Freeheart Creative and director of Emmy-nominated Seeing Brave, a documentary series designed to spotlight global female leaders who have mobilized communities in Kenya, Rwanda, and Syria.
Dana has also served as Co-Creator and Producer of the documentary The Empowerment Project: Ordinary Women Doing Extraordinary Things, which inspires young women to find their voice and become leaders. Traveling with the film on two national tours, she sparked conversations at schools, corporations, and women’s organizations. The film has been screened in more than 20 countries, including Haiti, New Zealand, and Brazil.

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