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Dawne Brown White to be new COMPAS executive director

The youth advocate and 25-year nonprofit veteran will replace Bob Olsen, who left the arts organization last October.

COMPAS, the St. Paul-based nonprofit that connects artists with students and older adults, has named Dawne Brown White as its new executive director.

She’ll start June 3 and replaces Bob Olsen, who left in October.

In the Twin Cities, White has worked for the Girl Scouts, the University of Minnesota and the Ronald McDonald House before starting her own nonprofit to increase dental access for underserved youth, COMPAS said.

Cheryl Bock, the COMPAS Board president, said:

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“Dawne’s background, passion and commitment to using creative programs to encourage youth development and cultural understanding are exactly what COMPAS needs as we move into our 40th  year of serving our community through the arts.”