Before being appointed The Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence in the Faculty of Social Work, at the University of Calgary, Lana Wells was a member of the senior leadership team at the United Way of Calgary and Area, managing community investments, research, learning and evaluation, policy and government relations.
Lana has worked for numerous non-profit organizations, and local and provincial government bodies as a planner, strategist, researcher, project manager, evaluator, facilitator and trainer. Her areas of expertise include family violence, women’s issues, leadership, social policy and planning, and strategic planning for non-profit organizations. Lana is Vice President of the Board of Directors with The Alex and Past-President of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (2000-2002). She has taught at several post-secondary institutions and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the University of Calgary and McMaster University. In 2012, Lana became a fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary, where she is teaching social policy.