Dana J. Hyde

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Died5 March, 2023 (Age 54)
Cause of death
"blunt-force injuries due to air turbulence"
Alma materGeorgetown Law School, University of California (Los Angeles)
SpouseJonathan Chambers
Member ofCouncil on Foreign Relations/Members
White House official during the Clinton and Obama administrations who died in 2023 freak air incident.

Dana J. Hyde is a former State Department and White House official during the Clinton and Obama administrations.[1] She died in a freak air turbulence accident in 2023.


Hyde graduated in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She was an intern at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. After two years as a legislative assistant at AIPAC, Hyde worked on Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign and later in his White House as Special Assistant to the Deputy Attorney General, and where she coordinated policy and outreach initiatives for federal agencies handling national security and trade policy as Special Assistant to the President for Cabinet Affairs.[2]

After getting a law degree from Georgetown, Hyde worked as counsel to the congressional 9/11 Commission.[2]

She worked both in private practice at WilmerHale in London and in Washington at Zuckerman Spaeder, and in government during the Obama administration as Associate Director at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State, plus as CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a Senate-confirmed position, from May of 2014 until January 2017.[3][4][5]

Hyde was co-chair of the Aspen Institute's Partnership for an Inclusive Economy.[6][7] After her death, all references to her were removed from the Aspen website.[8][9]

Death - official narrative

Hyde was flying with her husband Jonathan Chambers and son back from visiting schools in New England when their private business jet, which is owned by her husband’s company Conexon[10], experienced unexpected strong turbulence.[4]

The jet experienced stability issues and encountered severe turbulence mid-flight. The chief medical examiner’s office declared she had suffered from blunt-force injuries.[11]

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, between 2009 and 2020, just 30 people were injured as a result of turbulence during flights, and no one died, making mid-flight deaths from turbulence an extreme rarity.[12]

She was a Partner at the venture capital firm JVP.

Hyde was buried in Israel.[4], where she had worked at some time during her career.[13]