Jessie Nowak

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Jessie Nowak

Funds Development Director
Donor + Funder Lead

Jessie holds a degree in dance from Western Oregon University, where she traveled to perform at American College Dance Festival, Dance Coalition of Oregon Benefit Concert, and Dance Mosaic, as well as presenting choreographic works in formal and informal concerts on campus. Upon graduation, Jessie sought out choreographic opportunities, continuing to present at Dance Mosaic from 2011-14, and danced a season with Lyrik Contemporary Dance Company. After Jessie had her children, she lost dance for several years. Her journey back has formed her new approach to dance, an approach that is welcoming to anyone with interest and hopes to spark interest in those who don’t have it yet. From 2018-19, Jessie completed an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Funds Development through University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business. She completed her Teacher Certificate through DanceAbility International in 2019. She is passionate about everyone finding their inner dancer.

Equity and Inclusion Formal Training/Groups:
DanceAbility International Certified Teacher- Zero Project 2019 Award Winner for practices and policies that improve the daily lives of persons with disabilities

Top 3 Resources of Influence:
1) Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution – Documentary
2) America Magazine: The Jesuit Review – Website
3) The History Website

Current Action Item:
How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi