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Tomoko Kawanaka

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Business/Administrative Associate/Assistant Director of Operations, UIC Innovation Center

MFA Painting, Edinburgh College of Art
BFA Painting, Art Institute of Chicago

Tomoko Kawanaka came to the Innovation Center in January 2019 and has over a decade of experience working at UIC. Previously she was the Business Manager/Assistant Director at the UIC School of Theatre & Music for 9 years. Prior to coming to UIC, she was with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs’ Gallery 37 jobs training program for youth for 9 years in various roles, working the final 4 years as the Downtown Program Coordinator on the infamous Block 37.