[Photo courtesy of WabiSabi]

Liz Dana has been chosen as the new executive director at WabiSabi. 

Dana joined the WabiSabi team in February 2018 as operations manager. WabiSabi’s board of directors said her passion for WabiSabi and the Moab community manifested immediately. 

Dana’s background in law, business, economics and accounting, as well as a keen ability to think strategically, are invaluable leadership traits, the board said.

The board anticipates that Dana’s background, experience and knowledge of WabiSabi will help the nonprofit thrift store as it grows to better serve its purpose of supporting Moab’s local nonprofits.

Dana said she is “looking forward to helping WabiSabi reach its full potential by building on its great foundation developed over the last 16 years. Through increasing our investment in local nonprofits, we will strengthen our community and take our work to the next level.”

“Liz’s energy, dedication and positive outlook truly embody the spirit of WabiSabi,” said Lily Houghton, WabiSabi’s board president. “We are thrilled to have her as our team leader, and look forward to her expanding the role of WabiSabi in our community.”

Kevin Clyde, who also serves on the WabiSabi board of directors, said, “Liz is well prepared to become the leader of WabiSabi as our organization grows with new challenges to meet.”

Clyde said Dana’s skills will strengthen the organization and said Dana is known by members of the community “as a kind and thoughtful humanitarian.”

“Under her leadership, WabiSabi will continue to enrich Moab by supporting our nonprofit community and providing relief to those in need,” Clyde said.

Dana moved to Moab nearly two years ago and now lives with her fiancé and four soon-to-be stepchildren. 

Dana said her desire to create an equitable and sustainable community led her to become involved in addressing Moab’s housing crisis. In addition to her work with WabiSabi, she serves as chair of the Moab Area Community Land Trust and serves on the Moab Area Housing Task Force, two local organizations that work to promote the development of affordable housing in Moab. 

When she is not working, Dana can be found hiking on one of the many trails in and around Moab.

Liz Dana chosen as executive director at nonprofit