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Dawn Bonder


CEO, The deNovo Initiative

Dawn’s career has spanned myriad sectors of the healthcare and education public policy and delivery ecosystems. Her understanding of, and appreciation for the challenges to transformational change underly her passion for utilizing storytelling to illustrate systemic dysfunction and harm. She founded The deNovo Initiative to provide support for storytellers to create projects that offer a fresh perspective on issues that divide us.

Her film credits include Executive Producer for Agent of Happiness, Bad Axe, Body Parts, I Didn’t See You There, Pay or Die, Richland, and Shaken, and Co-Executive Producer for Beyond Utopia, Food and Country, Love Machina, and Songs from the Hole.

Her colleagues describe her as smart, funny, quick-witted, courageous, and irreverent. They also say she is kind, empathetic, ethical, and direct. Dawn follows rules carefully and breaks them knowingly.

Dawn earned a B.S. in business administration from Boston University Questrom School of Business, summa cum laude, and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. A lover of people who make her laugh or think, Dawn has called Portland, Oregon home for 25 years.