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Beauty Director, Yahoo Lifestyle, June 2016 – Present

  • Oversee beauty news, features and market coverage, as well as original video content programming, including #CopyThat series on how to recreate celebrity and runway-inspired looks
  • Host of “Full Coverage With Dana Oliver” – video series that highlights the hottest events, products on the market and editor-approved exclusive picks of the very best in beauty
  • Moderator on BUILD Series – daily cultural platform that connects fans and audiences with the biggest names in entertainment, tech, fashion and business; interviews include: Molly Sims, Tyra Banks, Ashley Graham, Yara Shahidi, and Laverne Cox
  • Panelist at SXSW – “How To Navigate Wholistic & Conscious Beauty as Black Women”
  • Write beauty features and market stories on topics ranging from natural hair to celebrity makeup secrets
  • Interview premier makeup artists, hairstylists, celebrities, models, athletes and entertainers, including Pat McGrath, Ted Gibson, Erin Ayanian, Spencer Barnes, Lisa Eldridge, Johnny Wright, Nzingha Prescod, Kelly Rowland, Precious Lee, Olivia Munn and Chanel Iman
  • Managed Yahoo Beauty Twitter account (21k+ followers)
  • Launched Yahoo’s first-ever Diversity in Beauty Awards (the DIBs), which highlights the personalities, brands, and products that embody inclusiveness and innovation
  • Created diverse beauty content section on Yahoo Beauty to propel site’s mission “to inspire people to live beautifully and celebrate their individuality”
  • Yahoo Media Excellence Award recipient

Executive Fashion & Beauty Editor, The Huffington Post, February 2014 – May 2016

  • Wrote daily fashion and beauty news pieces, long-form features and market stories, including a “Beauty Glossary” series and beauty tutorial videos
  • Interviewed makeup artists, hairstylists, dermatologists, celebrities and models such as Ted Gibson, Bobbi Brown, Kim Kimble, Renée Rouleau, Tyra Banks and Kerry Washington
  • Discussed trending topics and news such as best in celebrity beauty, skinny shaming and racial profiling against women with natural hair as an expert on HuffPost Live
  • Attended New York Fashion Week, beauty and fashion market appointments and salon openings
  • Created and managed HuffPost Beauty Twitter (13k followers) and Instagram (48k followers) accounts

Senior Beauty Editor, The Huffington Post, March 2013 – February 2014

  • Edited and assigned beauty features written by junior editors and bloggers
  • Spearheaded beauty coverage during New York Fashion Week
  • Produced original beauty shoots, secured stylists and casted models for beauty editorials
  • Developed editorial and social partnerships with elite fashion and beauty brands such as, The Cut, Refinery29, Glamour and Clique Media Group

Beauty Editor, The Huffington Post, October 2012 – March 2013

  • Pitched and wrote beauty news and features
  • Produced and hosted “Road Test” – an original beauty video series testing runway trends in real life
  • Co-launched HuffPost’s The Beauty Page

Editor, AOL Stylelist, November 2010 – September 2012

  • Managed team of eight beauty freelancers and contributors
  • Created fashion and beauty content calendar
  • Launched “Hot In My Salon” – video-driven destination highlighting the hottest hair and makeup trends at salons across the United States
  • Produced backstage beauty coverage during New York Fashion Week and for international runway shows

Assistant Editor, AOL Stylelist, June 2009 – November 2010

  • Researched and reported original beauty and fashion features
  • Trained team on interactive and social networking tools
  • Built network-wide content for AOL front page promotion


  • Discussed trending beauty topics as an expert during SXSW, Beautycon Festival New York and on Good Morning America, BUILD Series, BBC’s World Have Your Say, HuffPost Live and the co-branded radio show HuffPost on Call with Dr. Jane Greer
  • AskMen Top 99 Outstanding Women of 2015 List and Marie Claire 2015 Prix d’Excellence Beauty Awards judge
  • Profiled by prominent brands, including Fashionista, Rank & Style, Philadelphia Magazine

City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism
Master of Arts in Journalism, Multimedia Concentration, December 2008

  • Founded student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, student member of the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Awarded Dean’s Excellence in Journalism Award

Temple University
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, Magazine Concentration, Minor in African American Studies, May 2007

  • Member of student chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists, National Honor Society, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Temple University Community Service Association, Temple Volunteers, Progressive NAACP, SHE Magazine, Temple Student Government, The Temple News and Sankofa
  • Graduated with magna cum laude honors


  • Content Management and Web Design: Search Engine Optimization, HTML, Movable Type, WordPress, Blogger, Canva, Capture
  • Photography: Digital & Manual Photography, Photoshop
  • Business Applications and Tools: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, LexisNexis
  • Social Media Platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Tumblr, Vine, TweetDeck, SocialFlow, Buffer


  • Reading: Huge fan of prolific writers such as Toni Morrison, Rita Dove, Jhumpa Lahiri and Edwidge Danticat
  • Live music and concerts: Highlights include seeing Beyoncé perform three times in one calendar year and Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
  • Healthy eating and meditation
  • Yoga
  • Volunteering and mentoring youth
  • Natural hair
  • Manicures