I came to know Dana Hansel’s nonprofit work through the editing of St. Charles Avenue, seeing her over and over again at different nonprofit fundraisers. As I have come to know Dana – now through lunches (Hi, Ralph’s On the Park!), coffee dates (Hi, Royal Blend on Metairie Road!) and parties (her 1980s-themed birthday party was epic, truly), I’ve learned that this self employed woman (through Hansel Brown LLC) is one of the strongest, kindest and and most loyal women I’ve ever met. She gives back to her community not only through the nonprofits that she champions, but also through her friendships and through her mentoring of young women. I look forward to seeing what she does next – and to our next conversation!



Q: What is your idea of perfect happiness? 

A: I enjoy being with family and friends whether it’s going to dinner, playing games or simply sitting and talking with each other. 


Q: What is your greatest fear? 

A: My greatest fear is having a long drawn out sickness and/or being immobile.


Q: Which living person do you most admire?

A: I admire specific traits in various people.


Q: What is your greatest daily (or almost daily) extravagance? 

A: I enjoy my morning coffee with cream.  


Q: What do you consider the most overrated virtue? 

A: The most overrated virtue is temperance.


Q: Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 

A: “Do you know what I mean?”


Q: What or who is the greatest love of your life? 

A: The greatest love of my life is my husband.


Q: Which talent would you most like to have? 

A: I would love to be able to sing well.


Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

A: I am not satisfied that I’m there yet.    


Q: Where would you most like to live? 

A: New Orleans or do you mean a specific area of the city?


Q: What do you most value in your friends?

A: I value loyalty in my friends.


Q: What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? 

A: I deplore when I allow my soft hearted nature to cause me to become overcommitted.   


Q: What is the trait you most deplore in others?

A: I deplore when others are not nice to others.


Q: What restaurant do you find yourself recommending to friends lately?

A:  I recommend several restaurants depending on what the people who are seeking my recommendation are looking for, i.e. casual, Creole cuisine, breakfast, etc.


Q: Describe your perfect New Orleans day? 

A: I enjoy playing tourist in the French Quarter with friends.


Q: What’s your favorite New Orleans story? 

A: I enjoy hearing about the history of the traditions of Mardi Gras.