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Reaching Your Organizational Diversity Goals

Presenters: Debi Chess Mabie, Executive Director of the Arts Foundation and Liane Hernandez, Community Outreach and Education Director for the YWCA

About the Presenters

Debi Chase Mabie has over 25 years of nonprofit program development and leadership experience in a variety of sectors– including youth and community development, and arts based economic development. She received a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Wright State University, and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She served in the United States Peace Corps from 1989 to 1991.  Prior to moving to Tucson with her husband and children in 2010, was the Executive Director of BooCoo Cultural Center and Café in Evanston, Illinois.

She was the Development Director of the Loft Cinema for three years, and is now the Executive Director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (formerly Tucson Pima Arts Council) where she has helped shepherd forward and shape the newly emerging conversation and perception around the role of the arts, and arts funding, in economic development and city planning.

E. Liane Hernandez is the Community Life Director of the YWCA Southern Arizona in Tucson, AZ.  She is a convener and works to create space for individuals and organizations to do the work of community building.  Trained as an art historian, chef and anthropologist she is a student of the questions of what is community, who gets to participate and how.  She is a member of the Tucson Voices OpEd Project 2016 and the Pima County Women’s Commission.  She lives in her beloved city of Tucson, Arizona with her partner, Peter, their two dogs and a cat.

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