Dana Yarbrough, MS; MA

Va-LEND (Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities)
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia University Center for Excellence
PO Box 843020
700 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23284-3020
Phone: 804-828-0352
Secondary Phone: 877-567-1122
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: September 23, 2020

Dana Yarbrough

Leadership Administrative Staff: Assistant UCEDD Director
Strategic Initiatives Manager
Primary Activity Coordinators: Parent/Consumer
Community Support
Cultural Diversity
Discipline Coordinators: Family Faculty
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Assistant Director, Strategic Initiatives;
Family Faculty and Strategic Direction Manager, Va-LEND;
Community Support Specialist;
Director, Center for Family Involvement
Discipline(s): Family Member/Community Member
Family/Parent/Youth Advocacy
Criminal justice, juvenile justice, non-profit management, secondary education transition
AUCD Council Membership: Multicultural Council
Research: family support, family involvement, family engagement, parent expectations
Education: severe disabilities, transition, postsecondary education
Service: self-advocacy, parent involvement, family support, cultural agility


Dana Yarbrough is the associate director of strategic initiatives for the Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia's university center for excellence in developmental disabilities located at Virginia Commonwealth University. Among her many roles at VCU, Dana directs the Center for Family Involvement and its initiatives statewide to support diverse families of children and young adults with developmental disabilities to become effective advocates for their children and leaders for systems change. She also oversees the work of the Partnership to build youth leaders. Dana is the mother of a young adult daughter who in spite of significant support needs for physical, intellectual and physical disabilities owns her own dog boarding business. Dana holds a masters degree in non-profit leadership and a masters in special education secondary transition.