Points of View
Despite having a degree in art history and work experience grounded in the visual arts, music has always had a presence in my life. I grew up playing violin which allowed me to develop a deep appreciation for collaboration, commitment and the ability to decipher an entirely separate language. My love for going to live shows is eventually how I crossed paths with my now-husband who has had a 20+ year career as a working musician. While we have no idea if our sons will be inclined to take up an instrument, we do have some pretty impressive family playlists and DJ sessions on the weekends and on road trips!
I was exposed to the philosophy of servant leadership early on in my own professional development journey, through the Circle of Latina Leadership. The experience changed the way I viewed myself as a Latina and the individual and collective impact on my community by affirming that I was already leading in my own, authentic way. For me, leadership development is akin to holding up a mirror, asking folks to take a close look and recognize the many assets and strengths they have and how they might utilize those skills – both conventional and non-traditional – for the benefit of and in service to others. I can’t think of a more worthwhile and meaningful community investment.
Chrissy Deal joined Bonfils-Stanton Foundation in October 2020 as Director of the Livingston Fellowship Program, Arts & Social Change Grantmaking where she leads the continued development of the Livingston Fellowship in support of its nonprofit leaders. She also guides the Foundation’s grantmaking strategies for investing in and celebrating the artistic and cultural contributions of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), LGBTQ+, disability and other historically marginalized communities.
Previously, Chrissy served as Director of Social Responsibility & Inclusion at the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) where she managed a range of equity-centered learning experiences and programs intended to build a more inclusive arts and culture sector, including the Emerging Leaders of Color program serving the 13-state western region. With over 20 years of nonprofit and philanthropic experience, Chrissy has served as a trustee at the Denver Foundation, is a founding member of the LatinasGive! giving circle as well as an advisor for the Community ACTS Fund and Diversity in the Arts Internship—community-based initiatives designed to amplify the voices of traditionally under-resourced communities in the Denver area.
Chrissy holds a bachelor’s degree in art history from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from Regis University. She is proud of her deep Colorado roots and resides in North Denver with her husband and two young sons.