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NWP Board of Directors

Vanessa Whang

Board Member since 2000; Co-chair of Finance Committee and Member of Governance Committee

Director of Programs, California Council for the Humanities, San Francisco, CA

Vanessa Whang joined the California Council for the Humanities as Director of Programs in October 2008. Before that, she was a New York–based consultant with interest areas in interculturalism and cultural equity, arts philanthropy, multidisciplinary arts production and presenting, community cultural development, and cross-sector partnerships. Her clients included Americans for the Arts (District of Columbia), Asia Society (NY), Community Foundation of the National Capital Region (DC), Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (NY), Ford Foundation (NY), National Black Arts Festival (GA), Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (NY), and Surdna Foundation (NY).

From 1999 through 2003, Ms. Whang served as Director of Multidisciplinary Arts and Presenting at the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Endowment, she was Director of Arts Partnerships for Educational Excellence, a youth-centered arts learning initiative of the East Bay Community Foundation in Oakland, California. As a California-based consultant, Ms. Whang provided project management, planning, development/fundraising, and evaluation services to a number of nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists. For nearly eight years, she was a member of the staff collective and directorate of La Peña Cultural Center, a multidisciplinary/multicultural/multifunctional community and arts center in Berkeley, California that presents music, dance, theater, and interdisciplinary work by local, national, and international artists throughout the Bay Area.

Ms. Whang has been an invited panelist and speaker at several conferences, convenings, and universities, as well as a peer review panelist for a number of public and private arts funders. As a multi-instrumentalist and composer/arranger, Ms. Whang toured nationally with the Latin American music ensemble Altazor and produced their two recordings for the Redwood Records label.

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