Cristina Sanchez-Kerr is a nonprofit expert with nearly 25 years of experience in nonprofit management, consultation, and research. After obtaining her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Stanford University, Cristina returned to San Diego to apply her analytical, compassionate, and outcome-driven approach to help a variety of agencies meet their goals as an employee before beginning her consulting work at Arboreta in 2015. Cristina has also served on the board of a half dozen San Diego nonprofits and volunteered for countless more. Cristina’s rich experience with the nonprofit sector organizations in both San Diego and the Bay Area has allowed her to use her wide range of skills to support vulnerable youth, families, and communities.
Cristina’s areas of expertise include program evaluation, strategic planning, grant writing, program design, data management, staff development, training and facilitation, community outreach, and change management. Cristina has long-history with equity and inclusion centering approaches to nonprofit work, including Trauma-Informed Services, Cultural Humility and Anti-Oppression practices, and the Equitable Evaluation Framework. She has also recently added training and certification in Restorative Justice Leadership and Facilitation to her skill set and has been integrating those practices into her work wherever there is a need for addressing harm, promoting decolonizing practices, and building community.
Cristina is a lifelong learner who is currently a doctoral student at the University of San Diego (USD) School of Leadership and Education Sciences where she is focused on nonprofit leadership; she is also serving as a doctoral research assistant in the USD Nonprofit Institute. Cristina looks forward to completing her degree and adding scholarship to the list of ways she works to improve communities through the nonprofit sector. Cristina’s ultimate drive is helping organizations build on their strengths and tackle their challenges to increase their community impact and move the needle towards equity!
Cristina’s personal time is spent with her spouse juggling her four children; enjoying the geographic and social diversity of her hometown through music, dance, food, and outdoor activities; and trying to sleep! You can find more about Cristina through the links below…