Christine’s commitment to educational equity began during her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, when she took her first education course on Race, Gender and Socioeconomic Inequities in the United States. Since then, she has made it her professional mission to disrupt and transform the education system to make it more equitable.
She started her career in the classroom, teaching in charter and dual immersion schools within Los Angeles Unified School District for five years. As a teacher, she believed firmly in implementing positive behavior management and project-based, constructivist teaching approaches that placed students at the center of teaching and learning. She also took on various leadership roles as grade level chair and writing-curriculum trainer, focusing on strengthening whole-school instruction and collaboration.
She eventually transitioned to work outside of the classroom and received a Master in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, seeking to anchor education policy and research in classroom experiences and teacher voice. She has continued these efforts as a fellow for various education reform organizations such as Educators 4 Excellence, Teach Plus and Education Pioneers. Most recently, she was a program manager at Jobs for the Future in Oakland, working to impact local, regional, and state educational and workforce ecosystems to bring about inclusive regional prosperity in California.
Outside of work, Christine enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, indoor rock climbing and serving the local community with her church.