Dawn S. Reese

Chief Executive Officer
The Wooden Floor
Santa Ana, California

Dawn S. Reese, Chief Executive Officer of The Wooden Floor, is a social innovator who leverages her unique blend of experience in business, technology, education and the arts to propel young people forward. During Dawn’s ten-year tenure, the operating budget has grown from $2.1M to $3.45M and she has led efforts to take its model national by signing their first licensed partner in Washington, DC in November 2015. In 2018, the organization opened its second location in Santa Ana with a third planned by 2020. The Wooden Floor transforms the lives of more young people in low-income communities through the power of dance and access to higher education. Since 2005, 100%   of the seniors who graduate from The Wooden Floor immediately enroll in higher education. Prior to The Wooden Floor, Dawn was the Managing Director of Opera Pacific. Dawn is on the Board of Directors for Orange County Music and Dance, OneOC and the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce. Dawn is an author, consultant, and national conference presenter on the topics of strategic planning, board governance, fundraising, and leadership development, as well as creative youth development.