Dena Hawes


Summary:Thirteen years of experience working in organizational leadership and w/ BoD for universities and nonprofits in the arts, social services and conflict resolution. Two years experience as Director of two university art galleries. Twelve years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, donor cultivation and stewardship w/ a solid understanding of the fundraising process including corporate sponsorship, annual appeals and special events. Ten years of experience in strategic planning. Ten years of experience w/ program development. Twelve years of experience in staff /volunteer supervision. Eleven years of fiscal management experience w/ organizational budgets. Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.


Ph.D. Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, VA., 2007.

Master of Science. Institute for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, George Mason University, VA. 2000.

Master of Fine Arts. University of California, Santa Barbara, CA., 1994.

Bachelor. Studio Art/Art History. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.

Institute of International Education Fellowship (US Department of State) Professional Development Fellow, Conflict Resolution & Regional Security Research, Republic of Georgia, 2001- 2002.


Art Institute of Washington, Part-time Faculty, Arlington, VA. January - July, 2009. Taught two critical thinking courses on the topic of new forms in public art, community-based art practice, and social intervention.

George Mason University, Adjunct Professor, Conflict Analysis and Resolution undergraduate program, (CAR), Fairfax, VA. January-June, 2006. Taught introductory conflict resolution course (2 semesters). Focus on defining, analyzing, & methods used in resolving conflict on an interpersonal, inter-group, international level.

George Mason University, Adjunct Professor, Bachelor of Individualized Study program (BIS), Fairfax, VA. August, 2005-December, 2006. Taught core classes in intensive writing (4 semesters).

Johnson State College, Visiting Professor of Sculpture/Contemporary Art History and Gallery Director, Johnson, VT. January-July, 1998.Taught undergraduate and graduate classes in Art Studio; Sculpture I and II, and Contemporary Art Issue (1970 to 1995). Gallery Director: Supervised 4 p/t staff members and coordinated all art gallery exhibitions and events, and gallery publicity and promotions.

Pittsburg State University, Assistant Professor of Sculpture/Contemporary Art History and Gallery Director, Pittsburg, KS. August, 1996-May, 1997. Taught undergraduate and graduate classes in Art Studio; 3-D Foundations, Sculpture I, II and III, Contemporary Art Issue (1970-1995), and Professional development. Gallery Director: Supervised 2 p/t staff members, and oversaw curation, fundraising, programming and event planning. Operated as the main interface with media.

College of Creative Studies, University of California, Visiting Professor of Art, Santa Barbara, CA. August, 1994-June, 1995. Taught undergraduate classes in conceptual art making processes. Conducted student advising.


Strategic planning, program development and implementation, staff supervision and management.


Donor development, direct fundraising, annual events and appeals, foundation, corporate and government grants.


Experience w/ Quick Books writing organizational annual and program budgets, and cash flow analysis


2013-Present: Giving Back to Africa, Executive Director Bloomington, IN. GBA is dedicated to the long-term mission of educating young people in the DRC. Our goal is to empower Congolese youth—through community-based service-centered education so they can take control of their lives while serving as change agents in their local communities. Input from the indigenous community is at the heart of our work, as we believe that long-term change comes from within the community.

Still Point Theatre Collective, Executive Director Still Point Theatre Collective is a community of Chicago artists who use theater to educate, inspire, and raise consciousness on issues of peace and justice. Since 1993, Still Point has used theater-making to amplify marginalized voices, including the incarcerated, adults with developmental disabilities, and alumni of the state child welfare system.

Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution, Managing Director A nonprofit that engages in practice, research and education concerning the contribution of world religion to conflict and peace. Responsibilities included representing CRDC to the public, grant writing, donor development, research, project development/management, event planning, outreach, management of staff and volunteers, fiscal management, participation in the organization’s strategic planning process.

University Dispute Resolution Project, Director A student organization funded by George Mason University. I managed a volunteer staff of 5 people, established program goals, administered training evaluations, analyzed evaluations, worked with staff to plan and organize all cross-cultural dialogues, mediation and facilitation trainings. Responsible for organizational budget/fiscal management.

Santa Barbara Community Development, Executive Director A nonprofit that engaged in community building through the development, organization and implementation of public art projects. Worked successfully with a Board of Directors and supervised/managed a volunteer staff of 25. Wrote and was awarded the operational grant to fund the organization/implementation of the Santa Barbara Coastal Project.

Eurasia Foundation, Outreach/Development Associate An Intl Non-Governmental Organization (INGO) that funds promising grant proposals submitted by local NGOs working in civil society and private enterprise development. Responsibilities included donor development, grant writing, generating quarterly reports, conducting outreach with local/international NGOs, strategic planning meetings w/ USAID.

My Sister's Place, Inc., Administrative and Development Assistant A nonprofit that works with survivors of domestic violence and provides safe, confidential shelter, programs, education, community outreach and advocacy for battered women and their children. Responsibilities include generating monthly reports on financial performance, fundraising, donor development and grant writing, managing volunteers and organizing volunteer projects, assessing upcoming development needs, event planning. I work directly with the Director of Operations and assist the Executive Director and staff with additional tasks as needed.






Arte: Proyectos e Ideas. Organizacion Movimiento-Inercia. Institute of Modern Art (IVAM) Valencia, Spain, 1996. Catalog.

Su Belleza Es Su Mecanica, La Ruta Del Sentido, Oviedo, Spain, 1997. Catalog.

Salina Art Center 18th Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Salina, Kansas, 1996. Catalog.

"Alcanza hoy su climax la inciativa Moviemiento-Inercia", Diaro 16 Cultura, 1996. Review.

"La Magica esta en el Aire", Las Provincias Cultura, por Manual Munoz Ibanez, Director, La Beneficencia Cultural Center, October 12, 1996. Review.

"El Mundo Del Sueno, La Fantasia y La Libertad Creativa Inundo El Centro La Beneficencia", Las Provincias Cultura, September 28, 1996. Review.

"Back to Basics", the Santa Barbara News Press, July, 1994. Review.

"Three Artists Invite You In", Santa Barbara Independent, July, 1994. Review.


Director, Coastal Project, Santa Barbara, CA. January, 1994-April, 1995.
Curator, Coastal Project, Santa Barbara, CA, January, 1993-September, 1993.
The Coastal Project was conceived as a public art project that would bring together artists from the local community, and students from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and local community colleges, high schools and grade schools to interact with the Santa Barbara community at large. The Coastal Project took place on a half mile of beach and over hanging cliff walls in Santa Barbara, and was intended to bring ecological awareness to the preservation of this extremely beautiful and fragile ecosystem. 1993 and 1995 there were 250 artists/students involved and an audience of approximately 5000 people. In 1994 I recruited and worked with a task force of 25 volunteers to work on various aspects of organizing and planning for the 1995 event, and I was responsible for event implementation, outreach with a variety of affiliated organizations and state offices, fundraising (through the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission), interfacing with media.

Public Art Master Planning. Americans for the Arts, Reston and Arlington, VA. December, 2008.


Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada. July-December, 1995.


Merit-based, Full Tuition Waiver from University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993-4.

University of Californian, Santa Barbara Women's Council: Scholarship, 1993-4.

Art Studio Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1993.

National Endowment of the Arts/Indiana Arts Commission Grant, 1987.


Technical Writer, Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC, July, 2004.

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