Dana Ponder graduated from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and upon graduating relocated to Atlanta. She began a nine-year career in banking, earning her CPA before she left her position as CFO for Southern Bank Group Roswell, Georgia. Dana transitioned to public accounting as an Audit Manager for Brooks, McGinnis & Co. She spent 13 years auditing non-profit clients while she continued to consult and perform accounting services for a select group of her own clients.
In 2014, she became the Director of Finance for Desire Street Ministries, where she streamlined the accounting processes and managed several large rebuilding projects associated with the Hurricane Katrina disaster. She joined the team at The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation at the end of 2019 and continues in the role of Finance and Accounting.
Dana and her husband Bill attend Buckhead Church. They have a grown daughter, Adelaide Douglas Ponder. Dana and Bill love animals and give a good home to several dogs and cats.