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.