Board of Directors
Board President, Forklift Danceworks
Board Vice President, Forklift Danceworks
Social Arts and Science Institute
Sarah Finley is the co-founder of SASI (Social Arts and Science Institute), a consulting firm focused on social media training and employee advocacy. Sarah brings more than two decades of experience in marketing and professional services to her role as member of the Forklift Danceworks board. She also volunteers as a social venture partner at Greenlights, where she works with some of Austin’s most innovative non-profits to scale their organizations and solve our community’s biggest problems. Prior to SASI, Sarah led Dell efforts across multiple digital marketing disciplines and pioneered Dell’s Global Social CRM strategy for the Consumer business. Sarah has a law degree from GWU, and a bachelor’s degree from UT-Austin. In her free time, she enjoys dancing wherever music is or isn’t playing, teaching yoga, and traveling the globe. Her twitter handle is @sarahfinley.
Board Secretary, Forklift Danceworks
Butler Nonprofit Consulting
Lisa Lee is part of the Butler Nonprofit Consulting team, which offers fundraising and organizational consulting services to Central Texas nonprofits. Lisa has been part of the Austin nonprofit community for nearly 20 years, working in professional fund development roles with organizations such as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, St. Edward's University, Safeplace and the new Austin Children's Museum, the Thinkery.
Lisa received an undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from St. Edward's University. She has served previously on the board of the Greater Austin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (including a term as president in 2006) and as treasurer of Austin Museum of Digital Art.
Lisa is a competitive masters rower, and can be found on Lady Bird Lake throughout the year training with her Texas Rowing Center teammates. Also big fan of social dance, Lisa knows just enough to be dangerous on a Latin or country dance floor.
Board Treasurer, Forklift Danceworks
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Dan is creative lead and founder of 88keys, a program development resource focused on the Austin arts community. He balances this new endeavor with nearly 3 decades of public service in state government and higher education, where he designed and managed innovative workforce training programs. Community service through volunteerism is a priority for Dan, and he brings to the Forklift board over 15 years of experience supporting public education as a reading and math tutor at Austin ISD’s Partners in Education and Bryan ISD’s Help One Student to Succeed, serving on Texas Commission on the Arts grant review panels, and as Treasurer of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin’s Board of Trustees. His formal education includes a Master of Public Administration degree from UNT, and an undergraduate degree in music composition from North Texas State University’s School of Music where he studied experimental intermedia performance under Merrill Ellis and William Latham. The arts run deep in Dan’s family: his wife Sam is a fiber artist at Ping, and their son Jesse, and daughter-in- law Tamara, own and operate Dai Due butcher shop and supper club, where locally sourced food is occasionally served with cartwheels and backflips by granddaughter Paloma.
The Bigger Picture
Ex Oficio Member
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Heath joined King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in May 2015 as the first Center Manager of the Upstream Petroleum Engineering Research Center. KAUST is a graduate research university located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Ex Oficio Member
Houston Grand Opera
Jennifer Wijangco joined the stellar team of the Houston Grand Opera in late 2014 to lead the Opera's individual giving program. Prior to her work at HGO, Jennifer was Senior Head of Advancement for the Briscoe Western Art Museum in San Antonio where she oversaw development and membership, PR and marketing, public programs and visitor centers. Previously, Jennifer worked as the Director of Development for Leadership Austin and as the Director of Development of Arthouse at the Jones Center (now The Contemporary Austin) and Deputy Director of the Texas Cultural Trust. Before joining the nonprofit world, Jennifer worked in corporate financial planning and analysis.