Dana Wallock, who earned a BA in history from UC Berkeley and an MA in American cultural history from UCLA, has an extensive professional background in both the literary and nonprofit worlds. She has worked in communications, development, and leadership capacities for institutions including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, UCLA, the New York Historical Society, as well as many California-based organizations and publications including the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the Santa Barbara Historical Museum, Santa Barbara Dance Arts, and The Santa Barbara Independent. From 2006-2014, she served as the Director of Development for the Arts Mentorship Program in Santa Barbara and from 2012-2103 also served as its Interim Executive Director. As an administrator, she oversaw staff, budgets, programs, board meetings, and general operations. As a development officer, she wrote and secured grants and donations, coordinated fundraising events, oversaw annual campaigns and, most notably, created and executed the capital campaign, “Building Dreams from the Ground Up,” which successfully raised funds to renovate a 9,000-square-foot performing arts center.