Introducing Christine Dean

april 22 2013 Liberty Hill welcomes our new Chief Development Officer, Christine Dean. She sends greetings and shares some of her background by way of introduction:

Dear Liberty Hill supporters, allies and friends:

In 2009, I volunteered on a Liberty Hill Community Funding Board.  From this experience, I saw firsthand the rigor and strength of Liberty Hill’s grantmaking.  Liberty Hill jump-starts the change process by making meaningful investments in grassroots organizations in addition to well-established agencies, empowering the leaders of tomorrow and enhancing
powerful collaborations.  When a position became available, I seized the opportunity to join the Liberty Hill Foundation family and begin the next chapter of social justice work. 

I look forward to seeing familiar faces and making new friends while advancing positive social change across Los Angeles.  The more years I spend in philanthropy, the more I witness the differentiation of funder and recipient breakdown.  Giving and receiving go hand-in-hand and it is a joy to be a part of this process with you.

Liberty Hill is a natural next step in my career arc after spending 16 years fundraising at Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times Family Fund and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center.  My time at Planned Parenthood and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center emphasized the nexus between services, education and advocacy in creating social change.  My experience at the Los Angeles Times Family Fund gave me the dual perspective as both fundraiser and grantmaker.  I enjoyed launching the Times’ first donor advised giving program.

Prior to my fundraising career, I received an M.A. in Liberal Studies at Dartmouth College, taking classes such as Equality, Justifying Difference, Deconstructing Gender and the Politics of Identity. My thesis focused on the themes of identity and representation from a queer and feminist perspective.  I hold a teaching credential from S.D.S.U. and an A.B. in Art from Occidental College.  Occidental College has a knack for attracting and graduating students with a commitment toward community service.

My wife, Rose, and I live in Silver Lake with our two cats and enjoy trying new restaurants, taking walks around the reservoir, visiting galleries, bird-watching and celebrating Halloween with 800 trick-or-treaters.

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