Dana Baruch

I am a coach, educator, and community leader,  having spent the last 25 years effectively helping people, communities and organizations explore their needs and values and move towards realizing their potential.  I am privileged to be a trusted leader, teacher and friend as I support people and organizations through their growth process.  Specifically, my work and background includes:


Certified Life Coach:

Although I have been practicing coaching for many years, I am proud to have received my formal coach training and certification from The Life Coach School, masterfully led by Brooke CastilloI particularly enjoy working with parents, and with women and men wrestling with challenges in their lives--parenting, weight-loss and body image, work, relationships, life-stage transitions.  

Organizational and Community Work:  

I have twenty years of experience leading, guiding and consulting in community-based and educational organizations, from small start-up non-profit organizations and early childhood centers to top tier research universities.  I am the Founder and founding Board Chair and Head of School of the Austin Jewish Community Day School (now Austin Jewish Academy).  My current board service includes the Jewish Community Association of Austin, and Challah for Hunger.  

My Current Organizational Consulting:  I am honored to do consulting work in association with Diana L. Ho at Management ArtsMy particular areas of interest include planning, leadership development, the Board Chair - Professional Executive partnership, and design strategies to help organizations and individuals achieve desired outcomes. 

Work in Education:  

I am the Founder and served as founding Head of School of the Austin Jewish Community Day School (now Austin Jewish Academy), taught in several university-based early childhood lab schools, and developed and taught college courses in Child Development, Early Childhood Education and Parenting.  I am proud to have consulted with the Charles H. Revson Foundation on the Heritage Civilization and the Jews DVD-ROM project, as well as with Kivunim Israel Seminar for educators and Kivunim New Directions college-age program.  I am an instructor at the International Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a lead educator for J-LEAD (Leadership Development program), and I currently  sit on the Advisory Council for the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

My Education and Background:  

received a Masters of Education from Tufts University and a BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan.  Born and raised in the Detroit area, I lived in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area before moving to Austin, TX with my husband and two (now grown) children.  Our sons continue to inspire us and teach us how to be their parents, even as we shift into adult relationships with them.  I am fortunate to have my mom in my life, as well as many brothers and sisters, and relatives all over the world.  I am also grateful to have a fabulous family of friends.  I love to read, travel, ponder on long walks, work out, explore, eat really good food, and create opportunities for joyful learning.

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