Resume

Dance Aoki

Writer and Producer

Education

University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2005

  • Bachelor of the Arts in English, Minor in Theater, Dean’s List 2004, Magna Cum Laude

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 2012

  • Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship and Change

Ongoing

  • Amnesty International EdX Course in Human Rights: Freedom of Expression

Work Experience

Independent Freelance Writer, August 2014 to present

  • Research news stories and lifestyle features, pitch ideas to editors, coordinate interviews and schedule photoshoots for articles featured in five local publications.

Producer, “Beyond the Fence” at KPRG Public Radio Guam, June 2015 to present

  • Provide technical assistance to fellow hosts of the hour-long news program “Beyond the Fence,” record and edit audio for broadcast on KPRG Public Radio Guam.
  • Maintain administrative support as a production assistant to the station, and volunteer as host of “Soul Sessions,” a weekly show featuring funk, deep soul, neosoul and R&B.

Communications Assistant, Guam Humanities Council, August 2014 to March 2015

  • Led a social media strategy based on the programs created by the Council, and humanities themes covered by the programs to execute the strategy. 

Community Beat Reporter, Pacific Daily News, December 2012 to August 2014

  • Created a story budget and reported in-depth on issues related to education, public housing and public health with a team of editors and photographers, while also producing multi-media packages with video to accompany 10 to 15 stories every week.
  • Produced a month-long series of profiles featuring influential women in recognition of Women’s History Month and created a series of stories profiling volunteers in the community during the Make a Difference social responsibility campaign.

Accomplishments

  • Public Relations and Media Chairwoman for the Board of Directors of nonprofit animal shelter, Guam Animals in Need.
  • Vice Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the Micronesian Conservation Coalition, an organization dedicated to scientific work conducted in regional ocean preserves.
  • Advisor on the Board of Advisors for the Compassionate Friends Guam Chapter, a support group for parents grieving the death of a child.
  • Lifelong storyteller, winner of the Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights National Award in 2000.
  • Adopted a boonie dog named Apple from Guam Animals In Need; she is the light of my life.

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