Executive Director

Cristy Johnston Limón joined Destiny Arts Center in 2011 with a goal to secure Destiny’s long-term arts and cultural space. After restructuring and completing a 3-year capital campaign, Cristy oversaw the acquisition and renovation of an idle warehouse in North Oakland transforming it into an artistically rich, welcoming cultural destination serving thousands of youth and their families annually. Formerly the founder of a community development organization to revitalize and create vibrant public spaces with local leaders targeting immigrant and small business owners, Cristy grew the organization to serve San Francisco’s south central neighborhoods. As a legislative aide working in the California State Senate, Mrs. Johnston Limón has a strong background in public policy, the state budget and legislative process. She worked on state budget reform so as to protect funding for children and families, language and access rights, human services, housing and small business. Cristy holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business and a BA from UC Berkeley in Political Science. Advancing the intersection of business, philanthropy, culture, and equity, she draws from her own experiences as a public school student immersed in dance, theater, music and sports to advocate on behalf of arts education and for Destiny’s mission and vision to inspire and ignite social change through the arts.