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Payal Kumar Avellan

Director of Communications & Marketing

Payal Avellan has over 15 years of experience in nonprofit communications, most of which has been spent at organizations directly fostering the arts. The first part of her communications career was spent in public broadcasting, including at NPR (National Public Radio) and jazz station KKJZ FM in Los Angeles, during which time she honed her storytelling skills, developed herself as a manager and director, as well as learned best practices in fundraising communications. Payal joined The Wooden Floor team in 2007 and helped develop and implement the organization’s complete rebranding effort in 2009. She and her department support all areas of the organization in internal and external communications. She is passionate about telling the inspiring stories about how the organization is truly changing the world through dance and access to higher education. Payal has a BS in Mass Communications from Emerson College in Boston and an Accreditation in Public Relations (APR) through the Public Relations Society of America.