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Meet Our Director: Dawn Okinaka

Dawn Okinaka, Interim Director of the California Community Colleges Accessibility CenterDawn Okinaka was recently named Director of the California Community Colleges Accessibility Center, after serving on an interim basis since August 2020. As a Senior Accessibility Analyst, Dawn brings more than a decade of accessibility subject matter expertise to our team, having worked with government agencies, higher education, and technology vendors.

Most recently, Dawn worked with the California State Department of Social Services as a web accessibility advisor and trainer. Her extensive work in higher education accessibility initiatives includes developing training and best practices related to procurement of accessible technology for both the California State University Office of the Chancellor and the State University New York (SUNY).

Dawn has an MA in Education Technology and a BA in Social Science and Interdisciplinary Studies with emphasis in Ethnic Studies, both from California State University, Sacramento. She is a member of professional organizations including International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), Access Technology in Higher Education (ATHEN), and Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).