Dana Kawaoka-Chen is a Yonsei (4th Generation Japanese American) who came into consciousness in the 8th grade, upon reading in her U.S. History textbook that "Japanese Americans were interned for their safety." Since that moment, Dana has sought to consciously address inequity. While working to obtain her Bachelor of Arts degrees in American Studies and Visual Art, Dana was a student organizer at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She transitioned from campus organizing to community organizing via Justice Matters and was an electoral organizer for the NO on 38 - No on School Vouchers campaign. Dana served as the Executive Director of Public Allies Silicon Valley, the local chapter of a national leadership development organization for young people. She also served as the Executive Director for a community development credit union in West Oakland prior to her work as Capacity Building Manager at Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP), where she supported grassroots groups in two grantmaking programs. Now, as the Network Director for the Bay Area Justice Funders Network, Dana works to: create more authentic partnerships between community leaders and funders; connect funders across issues; and organize funders to leverage more resources for Social Justice issues and movement. Dana is an elected member of LeaderSpring's Leadership Council. She has a Masters of Science degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and Non-Profit Management Certification from San Jose State University.
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