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Dana Kawaoka-Chen Leads Shift to Values-Aligned Practice

As the executive director of Justice Funders, Dana Kawaoka-Chen partners and guides philanthropy in reimagining practices that advance a thriving and just world. She is co-author of The Choir Book: A Framework for Social Justice Philanthropy and frequently serves as a trainer and facilitator for values-aligned practice in philanthropy.

Kawaoka-Chen’s leadership has been recognized by her peers. In 2014, she was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award by Oakes College of the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy recognized her in 2015 as one of 25 national “Leaders in Action.” She served in executive functions for two other nonprofit organizations.

She has a master’s degree in organization development from the University of San Francisco, bachelor’s degrees in American studies and visual art from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and nonprofit management certification from San Jose State University.

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Dana Kawaoka-Chen

Here are some highlights from the LIFT Economy podcast interview with Kawaoka-Chen:

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Justice Funders’ Framework for Philanthropic Transformation was originally published in B the Change on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Originally posted on B the Change - Medium by Andrew Baskin.


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