Community Partner Spotlight – Destiny Arts Center

destiny_artsDestiny Arts Center

“To serve our community, Destiny Arts Center relies on the various strengths of public, private and non-profit resources to deliver our mission and broaden our impact. One of the resources we’ve found to be most valuable is the Berkeley Board Fellows Program. We find that the fellows bring a fresh perspective, tremendous energy and a willingness to serve important roles on the board.”
– David Riemer, Vice President of the Board.

Destiny Arts Center has been a long-time partner of the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership at Haas. David Riemer is a guest lecturer and mentor at the Berkeley-Haas Business School where he serves as Executive-in-Residence. David has served as board mentor to Berkeley Board Fellows for the last five years and recently joined the board of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Following his career as an ad agency President, David brought his strategic and marketing leadership to two start-ups and an internet titan, Yahoo! He now works with entrepreneurs, artists and students to focus their ideas. He created Box Out Industries to work with organizations and Spiral Staircase to collaborate with artists.

Destiny Arts Center (DAC) is a youth development organization for Oakland-area children and teens ages 3-18 dedicated to ending isolation, prejudice and violence in the lives of young people. DESTINY, which stands for “De-Escalation Skills Training Inspiring Nonviolence in Youth” provides after school programs including martial arts, modern dance, theater and youth leadership training. By using movement to express emotion and incorporating performance into a violence prevention program, DAC encourages self-awareness and aids conflict resolution.

This year Board Fellows Josh Harrington, MBA 12 and Christina Gleason, MBA 13 developed a business plan for DAC’s board of directors to help prepare the organization for its next phase of growth – to move into a facility all their own, and for the first time, offer programs during the day as well as after school. “Destiny’s ability to successfully make a smooth transition to a new facility is critical to our future success. We are grateful for the valuable business skills and strategic expertise of our Board Fellows.” says Riemer.