Cristy Johnston Limón

Cristy Johnston Limón is the executive director of Destiny Arts Center in Oakland, California. The founding director of a San Francisco community development organization, she piloted San Francisco's Neighborhood Marketplace Initiative, leveraging public policy and funding to create working partnerships between schools, civic organizations, churches, businesses, and property owners to revitalize blighted commercial districts by engaging local artists, residents, and youth. She is formerly a state legislative aide and served on the board of San Francisco's Japanese Community Youth Council. A native of San Francisco of Guatemalan parents, an early music and dance education in her urban community sparked a lifelong interest in civic engagement, community development, youth, and the arts.