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Danae Hendrickson,

Chief of Mission Advancement & Communications

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Danae Hendrickson (She/Her) is the Chief of Mission Advancement and Communications at Legacies of War. She specializes in storytelling that inspires action. Prior to Legacies of War, Danae worked in almost every point of the specialty coffee supply chain, most recently in Guatemala tasting and scoring coffees as a Certified Q-Grader.

Danae is personally tied to the work of Legacies. Her mother, who came to the U.S. as a refugee from Laos, passed away in 2013. Her mother’s death prompted her journey to reconnect to Laos, which led to Danae discovering Legacies of War on instagram. She took a deep-dive into the history of The American Secret War in Laos and learned about the current UXO crisis in Laos that her family is still facing every day as they send their kids to school and farm their rice paddies. After learning about the monumental accomplishments of Legacies of War's advocacy work and their approach as a Lao American led organization, Danae was inspired to get involved by becoming a donor and then joined the staff in 2021. Her work today with Legacies is motivated by all who are learning about their history and taking action to heal the wounds of war for their families and their motherland.

​When she's not combing through declassified documents, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and bird watching with her two year old son.

Check out more from Danae:

Henry Kissinger’s Cluster Bombs Are Still Killing People in Southeast Asia

Am I Doing This Right?

Legacies of War and the Lost Lao Food Connection

Embracing your origin story, healing generation trauma and using social media to make a career pivot and land your dream job

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