A native of San Francisco, Cristy grew up in the city’s Mission district. Her bilingual public school education, infused with dance, music, and theater, ignited her passion to create spaces where all young people have access to the arts. This vision paved the way for her career in public service. Cristy’s calling, she’s shared, is to help build an equitable and just society for all. She is a first-generation college graduate and a proud “Double Bear.” She earned her undergraduate degree in political science at UC Berkeley and an Executive MBA from the Haas School of Business.
Committed to the absolute power of voice and young people, Cristy is honored to join Youth Speaks at this moment in history: “Access to the arts gave me hope and a vision for what our communities could be when our voices were driving the conversation. It is an honor to now lead an organization that harnesses a powerful platform for young people to find, express and apply their voices for change. I could not be more excited to lead Youth Speaks and continue to build on our values-driven work and mission.”