Dafina Toussainté McMillan
Dafina has spent her career at the intersection of technology, arts management, philanthropy and communications. In addition to co- founding Crux, she has launched a thriving consulting business providing facilitation, program management and hiring support to clients including artEquity, 516 ARTS and the City of Albuquerque. Dafina was previously a program officer on the arts team of Bloomberg Philanthropies, where she managed Bloomberg Connects, a digital engagement initiative, and the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program, a capacity-building program supporting more than 260 small and mid-sized arts organizations in six U.S. cities. She also served as the Director of Communications & Conferences for Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for not-for-profit theatre. In 2012, Dafina was integral in launching TCG’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Initiative to support organizations and artists nationwide. Prior to joining TCG, Dafina served as the Associate Managing Director of Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, MN. She’s held numerous leadership positions at global public relations agency GCI Group (now Cohn & Wolfe) in New York, and consulted with the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on marketing and community engagement initiatives. Dafina is an alumna of the Kennedy Center’s International Arts Management Fellowship in Washington, D.C. She is a proud native of Houston, TX, and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She serves as Vice Chair of Coronado Ventures Forum in Albuquerque, NM, where she resides. Dafina’s new venture, Crux, is “a visionary studio at the intersection of black storytelling and immersive technology.” Crux catalyzes the spectrum of development for XR (extended reality, such as VR, AI, etc.) content creation from Black artists. The company aims to ensure Black artists have representation within the XR field, both in content and in business opportunities.