Dana Schmerzler is from Brooklyn, New York. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and minor in Psychology from SUNY New Paltz. Throughout college, Dana tutored at the local juvenile detention center, volunteered for an arts-therapy program and worked with developmentally disabled adults for three years. Since then she has focused on pursuing her art career, working for leading art institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Dana has always been passionate about human rights and conflict resolution and how art could be used to promote these issues. She is currently living in Lod, Israel, participating in a social-change fellowship. Through the fellowship she is interning at The Abraham Initiatives, a non-profit organization that aims to create shared society in Israel. She also teaches English at a local elementary school and volunteers at The Young Adults Center in Lod.