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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 empowers and causes action. Over the last 12 years, Danae has 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 a journey to reconnect to Laos. Danae then discovered Legacies on instagram. She took a deep-dive into the history and first got involved by becoming a donor, then part-time staff in 2021, and now Chief of Mission Advancement and Communications. Danae is inspired by all who are learning about their history and taking action to bring healing to 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:

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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