After graduating from U.C. Santa Barbara with a degree in Global and International Studies, Danae was determined to find work in the nonprofit sector with an aim of making the world a better place. Her love of both animals and her hometown of San Diego drew her to FACE where she started her career as our Grant Coordinator. She was excited about her work helping local families apply for FACE assistance and was even more excited to be quickly promoted within the organization.
Danae helped to tremendously expand FACE’s community programs, including Save-A-Life, Humane Education and even created our Community Outreach Program which currently focuses on homeless outreach. In her last position as FACE’s Programs Manager, Danae worked primarily on FACE’s fundraising events and public relations, but enjoyed the ongoing work on our programs as well as team building with staff, interns and volunteers. While working at FACE, Danae also completed a Certification in Nonprofit Management through Brandman University and Nonprofit Management Solutions. Danae has volunteered with Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Young Life, Jewish Family Services, and Animal Protection & Rescue League.
After working for FACE for nearly four years, Danae moved to Honolulu, Hawaii to work at Hawaii’s first 24 hour emergency and specialty veterinary hospital, the Veterinary Emergency + Referral Center of Hawaii, working closely with the hospital’s veterinarians as well as local veterinarians throughout the island. Although her work at the hospital was exciting, she often missed her work at FACE. She is overwhelmed with excitement that she now gets to live her dream of making the world a better place through FACE.
The positivity around everyone in this field is uplifting and inspiring. Each day I am communicating with new people who simply love animals, whether it is a veterinary hospital team member, or someone looking to support FACE’s cause. Animals make people better and are encouraging people to achieve great things. I am happy to be part of this growing and important sector, and I think together we are capable of greatness.”