- International Development
- Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
- IU Bloomington
Sunni Fass is the Associate Director for International Research and Development in the IU Office of International Development. She holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University Bloomington, with a Ph.D. minor in Anthropology.
Passionate about cultivating cross-cultural discourse and learning, Sunni spent nearly two decades in non-profit leadership specializing in global arts and culture, arts education, and museums. As Executive Director of the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, one of Bloomington's signature arts organizations, she produced the internationally recognized Lotus World Music & Arts Festival as well as multicultural arts-education programming in schools across southern Indiana. She was also Executive Director of Pentangle Arts Council in Woodstock, Vermont, and she was a member of the inaugural senior leadership team that developed and opened the new, 250,000 sq. ft. Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona. One of MIM's first curators, Sunni helped lay the groundwork for the museum's exceptional collections and exhibits showcasing musical culture from every country in the world; she subsequently became the first Artistic and Managing Director of the MIM Music Theater, overseeing construction of this critically acclaimed performing arts center and launching its first two seasons.
Sunni is proud to have served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Fuling, China (1997-1999), where she taught English and pedagogy at the college level. She also holds an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from IU Bloomington and a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary, including training in English secondary education.