Equity Fluent Leadership Award 2022


We are honored to present this year’s Kellie A. McElhaney Equity Fluent Leadership Award to Cristy Johnston Limón (EMBA ‘16)!

Cristy was born and raised locally, in San Francisco’s Mission District. While at Haas, Cristy served as the inaugural VP of DEI in the Executive MBA program. During her tenure in this role, she advocated for a number of process improvements in the admissions and in the classroom, toward more inclusive experiences.

Following her MBA, Cristy continued her dedication to diversity initiatives at Haas where she served as the co-chair of the Haas Diversity Alumni Council. She also served as the Executive Director at Youth Speaks, a youth performing arts (spoken word) organization focused on serving youth from under-resourced and disenfranchised communities. In this role, Cristy completed a $2M capital campaign and construction of a permanently affordable arts and community space to engage and deepen relationships in her community and beyond.

More recently, Cristy served as the executive director of the Center for Social Sector Solutions at Berkeley Haas, where she introduced a racial equity plan for the center which informed their strategic partnerships and outreach. This effort not only reinforces equity fluent principles within students, but it also enables organizations and their leadership team to learn about and utilize the principles as well. She exemplifies an Equity Fluent Leader inside and outside of Haas, in her personal and professional life, and we are honored to celebrate her work by presenting her with this year’s award.

Photos by Jim Block



Center for Equity, Gender & Leadership (EGAL)

At the heart of UC Berkeley's Business School, the Center for Equity, Gender, and Leadership educates equity-fluent leaders to ignite and accelerate change.