Cristina González coordinates the FUND’s county-wide teen grant-making program, Youth Making Change, manages the FUND’s Santa Maria office, coordinates the usage of Santa Maria's Cornerstone Community Room, and provides technical assistance and support to community organizations in northern Santa Barbara County.
Cristina’s passion for social justice grew from her early experiences as a daughter of migrant farmworkers. As a teenager she volunteered for non-profits and community organizations working to eliminate the barriers faced by her family and other youth like her.
Cristina is a trainer, educator and consultant with over 20 years of experience working with youth, schools, parents, organizations and communities to implement bilingual programs, workshops and trainings on leadership, youth development, social justice, inclusion and fundraising. She advises, coaches and consults numerous grassroots organizations, non-profits and public agencies in areas including organizational development, coalition building, non-profit start up, community organizing, grant writing, strategic planning, lobbying and advocacy, facilitating and program evaluation.
Cristina holds a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Sociology, Women’s Studies and Chicana y Chicano Studies, with specializations in Women of Color and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. She received a master’s degree from Cal State Northridge in public administration focusing on management and leadership. She is a trained mediator and facilitator.
A fourteen year resident of Santa Maria, Cristina has volunteered her time on several local non-profit boards and committees, and serves as a “worker bee” for many community events. She co-founded GRACE (Gay Rights Advocates for Change & Equality) to support the needs of Santa Maria’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. She also co-founded the Santa Maria Valley Teen Services Coalition, to collaborate and share resources with local teen service providers. She currently serves as an appointed member of the City of Santa Maria’s Block Grants Advisory Committee, is a board member of the Santa Maria Valley League of Women Voters, and is a member of both the Santa Maria Valley and the Lompoc/Vandenberg chapters of the American Association of University Women.