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Dance Aoki is an experienced nonprofit professional with expertise in grant writing and administration, fundraising, and organizational capacity building through effective communication. Driven by a belief that everyone should feel included in and represented by the arts and humanities regardless of race, class, gender expression, sexual identity, or disability, she takes pride in her aptitude for building partnerships across networks, and developing resourceful communications strategies for nonprofits and community groups. As a passionate advocate for including diverse perspectives in the portrayal of places and communities throughout the Pacific, she strives to work with and support organizations that complicate existing stereotypes, uncovering unique visions of the region that are complex and multi-faceted. Through her work with museums and cultural resources, including those based in Hawaii, Guam, and Los Angeles, California, she hopes to contribute to a greater understanding of the people who call this place home. In addition to her work in the administrative functions of the organization, she is also a poet and a playwright whose work has been produced or workshopped in Guam, California, Hawaii, and New York.

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