-Welcoming New Leadership!



Seedling is proud to announce the addition of two leaders to its executive staff.  Meet Executive Director, Dan Leal and Development Director, Christina C. Harvey!

Dan Leal 2016Dan joins Seedling as the Executive Director with 21 years of nonprofit management experience. Dan has served as the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy Center in Denton County for the last 15 years. Dan led an organization of 29 staff members and 37 partner agencies to provide justice, safety, and healing for abused children. During Dan’s tenure, the Children’s Advocacy Center was selected as the inaugural nonprofit of the year by the Chamber of Commerce in Southern Denton County. Dan also collaborated with Jenna Quinn and State Representative Tan Parker on the passing of Jenna’s Law, which served as the catalyst for Children’s Advocacy Centers in Texas to add education to their service delivery.

Prior to joining the Advocacy Center, Dan served as the Human Services Coordinator for the City of Denton and was named Public Health Advocate of the Year by the Denton County Health Department. He has also been honored by the Denton County Alliance for the mentally ill and been a recipient of the David Fitch Humanitarian Award from the University of North Texas.

Dan and his wife Kirstin have two sons, ages 18 and 20.  Dan’s oldest son recently began service with the United States Air Force. Dan enjoys sports and broadcasted high school sports on the radio for 20 years.



Christina C HarveyChristina C. Harvey is a fundraising and communications professional with a background in education and nonprofit management. Prior to joining Seedling as Development Director, Christina managed all institutional giving at KIPP Austin Public Schools as Corporate and Foundation Giving Manager, and previously served in a variety of leadership capacities at Breakthrough Silicon Valley, an organization preparing low-income students for the rigors of higher education. At Breakthrough Silicon Valley, Christina successfully established and implemented the infrastructure needed to advance donor relationships through the cultivation and stewardship process while representing the organization publicly to major donors, corporate partners, and foundation leaders.

Christina has dedicated her entire professional career to empowering individuals through education and mentorship. After graduating from Villanova University with a M.A. in Hispanic Studies, a B.A. in Political Science, and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature, she began her non-profit career at Reading Partners, an early literacy non-profit organization.

As a life-long learner and explorer, you can be sure to find Christina getting lost in a book or the streets of Austin in her spare time!

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