Dann-Messier was on the faculty of Johnston and Wales University from 2014 to 2017 and was Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education from 2009 to 2014. She served as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education from 2013 to 2014 in the U.S. Department of Education. Dann-Messier served as the president of Dorcas Place Adult & Family Learning Center in Providence, R.I., which provides educational and workforce services, college preparatory classes and family literacy programs for low income adults and disconnected youth. She also served on the RI Board of Governors for Higher Education.
Currently Dann-Messier works as a Principal Research Scientist for the Institute for Public Research in Arlington VA., as a Coach for the CCSSO’S Career Readiness Initiative and is a faculty member in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Johnson and Wales University. She is a member of the board of the National Skills Coalition, College and Community Fellowship and a Trustee of Johnson and Wales University.