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Dawn S. Reese  

Executive Director And Co-CEO, The Wooden Floor

Dawn S. Reese has leveraged 27 years of business and nonprofit management experience to be a life-changer for low-income youth and help propel The Wooden Floor forward. Dawn’s unique blend of talent and experience working in business, arts, education, and technology adds to the mission-driven, business-minded focus of The Wooden Floor.

In 2012, Dawn was promoted to Executive Director and Co-CEO and she has created organizational clarity focusing on aligning priorities with delivering impressive programs, increasing visibility for the organization, and driving results for the $2.3M organization. Prior to her promotion, in 2009 Dawn served as General Manager and Chief Financial Officer. She was responsible for overseeing the development of a comprehensive 2009-2019 strategic vision and plan, including driving changes to the Academic Tutoring, College Preparatory and Family Services. Prior to The Wooden Floor, Dawn has held arts management positions with Opera Pacific and Centennial Heritage Museum. She spent the first half of her career with The Oaktree Consulting Group, a management consulting firm for the high technology industry, and honed her skills in strategic planning, corporate governance, financial management, and brand management.

Currently, Dawn serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Orange County, and is an active member of Association of Corporate Growth, Orange County Business Council, and Orange County Nonprofit Management Forum. Dawn is an Executive Coach with the Fieldstone Leadership Network, and serves as a Mentor for College of Business Administration’s Center for Professional Development at California State University Long Beach, her alma mater. Dawn is a presenter on topics of leadership development, board development, strategic planning, and the importance of arts-for-youth, and how higher education impacts first-generation college students. In 2014, Dawn was a finalist for the CFO of the Year Award by the Orange County Business Journal for the nonprofit organization category.


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