Contact: Megan Quilliam || 303-449-1106


Denver, CO (December 9, 2021) – Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is pleased to announceSoYoung Lee as one of seven leaders to be selected to the 2022 Class of Livingston Fellows. The Livingston Fellowship Program provides advanced learning opportunities to a promising cohort of nonprofit leaders annually through a $35,000 investment in each leader to support their development journey.

“I am honored and humbled to be among the powerful BIPOC change leaders that comprise the Livingston Class of 2022. I am grateful to the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation for investing in us in a meaningful and thoughtful way. I look forward to giving back more generously and energetically to the arts field through my own personal and professional growth afforded by this exceptional opportunity,” says SoYoung Lee.


Dr. Lee currently serves as Executive Director of Rocky Ridge Music. Previously, she has held director positions at Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory Adult Education & Preparatory Department, Millikin University Preparatory Division, and the Boulder Arts Academy & Boulder Ballet. She is passionate about building community through the arts, and serves as a trustee of the Boulder County Arts Alliance, National Guild for Community Arts Education, and is an advisory member of Upbeat Colorado, and Americas for Conservation + the Arts.


“The 2022 class of Livingston Fellows speak to the caliber of executive directors both rooted in and working in service to diverse populations across the community,” says Chrissy Deal, Director, Livingston Fellowship Program, Arts & Social Change Grantmaking. “It is widely known that BIPOC leaders in the nonprofit sector are significantly underrepresented, and Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is privileged to support and invest in this cohort of incredible and impactful BIPOC changemakers.”


Since 2005, Livingston Fellows have attended influential academic programs, convened with other prominent leaders in their fields, traveled around the globe and have made a lasting impression on their respective areas of the nonprofit sector and beyond. The fellows develop a three-year action plan for their personal leadership advancement and join a community of alumni fellows dedicated to realizing a collective vision for deeper community impact.


“Bonfils-Stanton Foundation is proud to welcome these seven extraordinary leaders to the Livingston Fellowship Program,” says Gary Steuer, President and CEO. “This is the first time in the program’s 18-year history that an entire class of fellows has identified as BIPOC and is a clear indication of the extraordinary depth of BIPOC leadership in our community. The Foundation’s investment in them will ultimately have a powerful impact on the communities and people with whom they are connected.”


FOR THE MEDIA: SoYoung Lee, as well as Rocky Ridge Music Board of Trustees President Melvina Carrick, are available for interviews. Please contact Megan Quilliam to schedule (303-449-1106 or




Congratulations to SoYoung!