Alana Harrington is the Director of the Saylor Foundation and has been working with the organization since the inception of its Free Education Initiative in late 2008. As Director, Alana manages the day-to-day operations of the organization, oversees the overall strategy, maintains external relationships and partnerships, and builds the Saylor Foundation team. Alana has addressed the work of the Saylor Foundation and its impact in the education space at several education and technology conferences, most recently the 2011 Open Education Conference, the 2012 Connexions Conference, and the 2012 OCW Consortium Global Meeting.
Before joining the Saylor Foundation, Alana worked at a speaker’s bureau in Washington, D.C. There, she was influenced by the agency’s thought leaders who, in Alana’s words, “were working tirelessly to leave the world a better place.” She attributes her desire to help individuals currently facing barriers to education to this work experience and to travels to developing countries.
Alana holds a Bachelor’s of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied Communications and Film. She currently splits her time between New York City and Washington, D.C.