Regional Program Manager
Cristina González joined the Fund for Santa Barbara staff in 2008 as the Youth Making Change (YMC) Coordinator. She currently serves as the Program Manager outreaching to northern Santa Barbara County and managing theYMC program.
Originally from Oxnard, CA, Cristina moved to Los Angeles in 1994 to attend UCLA where she triple majored in Sociology, Women’s Studies and Chicana y Chicano Studies with specializations in Women of Color Studies and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. Since 2002, she has called Santa Maria her home.
Cristina is a Mediator and Restorative Justice Facilitator with the Conflict Solutions Center as well as a facilitator and trainer for the Anti Defamation League and Future Leaders of America. In 2005, Cristina became a Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) Intern. Since 2009, she is a member of GIFT's Trainers Network teaching fundraising to social justice organizations. Cristina is a trainer, educator and consultant with over 10 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, Organizational Development and Fundraising.
Cristina currently serves on the board of the League of Women Voters of the Santa Maria Valley and GRACE, Gay Rights Advocates for Change and Equality. She serves on the Santa Barbara County ADMHS Latino Advisory Committe and is a member of the Santa Maria American Association of University Women (AAUW), the North County Women's Fund, and the Santa Maria Women's Network. Formerly, she was the Program Director for Just Communities of California's Central Coast and has served on other boards and community committees including CAUSE (Central Coast Alliance for a Sustainable Economy), the Santa Maria Guelaguetza Scholarship Committee and the Environmental Defense Center Central Coast Environmental Health Project Advisory Board.
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