Alaina Dague brings a broad range of experience and expertise to her role as a Manager of Partnerships with Strategic Community Partners. Her background as a classroom teacher, a policy analyst, a program manager, and an advocate for educational equity and data transparency have given her the personal insight, perspective, values, and skills that our clients seek in our mission-driven consulting.
Alaina began her career as a classroom teacher and is deeply committed to ensuring equitable opportunities and access for youth and communities. She recently completed a national public policy fellowship, through which she engaged in analysis of state and federal education policy. As part of this fellowship, Alaina worked with the Michigan Department of Education, coordinating the Proud Michigan Educator campaign—a state initiative to acknowledge, celebrate, and elevate the work of Michigan teachers—as well as engaged in additional policy work on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), focusing on parent and community engagement. Alaina also spent time conducting research on and advocating for student data privacy at the Data Quality Campaign in Washington, D.C.
Prior to these roles, Alaina taught middle school English in Detroit for several years. “I feel especially privileged to have been able to loop through the middle school grades with my students. Being in the classroom everyday with my students reinforced my commitment to ensuring that all youth have access and opportunity to a high-quality education.” While teaching, Alaina was recognized for her contributions to student growth and received the Michigan Association of Public School Academics’ Quantum Leap Award. She emphasized that this award was and is a testament to the work of her students throughout the school year: “Their commitment to learning continues to inspire and motivate me in this work.”
Alaina values connecting and collaborating with other leaders in her community. Currently, she serves as Vice-Chair of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN)-Detroit and as the Midwest Regional Lead for the National YNPN Association; is a member of the Executive Team of the Detroit Young Professionals, and is active in the Junior League of Detroit. Additionally, Alaina has a demonstrated commitment to public service and has been recognized with both the Michigan Campus Compact's Heart and Soul Award and the Outstanding Community Impact Award. She is especially passionate about issues of education, youth engagement and opportunity, and community development.
Alaina earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from Alma College. She also holds a Master of Arts in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan. Alaina is a lifelong resident of the Mitten State and currently lives in Southeast Michigan.