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Vana Doakes

HR Generalist

Vana (she/they) was born and raised in SoCal. They are passionate about liberation and the cultivating of a world that supports life in all forms. After completing their English – Creative Writing degree she found her way into HR and thus an additional passion in working to support employees. Vana has been motivated to continue learning and growing in HR while finding an organization where she can do work that is in the best interest of the employees she supports and with an organization fueling positive change. As a result, Vana has found her way here to SURJ! They are fueled by a love of the world and a desire to see that everyone has the ability and access to love it and be loved back by it just the same. Vana loves spending time with their found family, partaking in the arts (reading, writing, listening to music, visiting exhibits, dancing, etc.), cuddling their grumpy fur-baby – Bubbles, spending hours on calls with their partner, and finding cafes with rose lattes!

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