Kristina previously worked as an elementary special education teacher in Bushwick, Brooklyn through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. She next worked as a Community Advocate for the Asian Law Caucus’ Immigrant Rights Program, where she provided direct services to low-income immigrant communities in the Bay Area and created ASPIRE: Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education, an immigration advocacy group for DREAM Act students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. Kristina also worked at Stanford University as a Research Assistant on a project examining ways in which financial incentives for states and broad-access institutions can produce higher levels of college persistence and completion. Prior to joining the Leadership Group, she served as a Policy Analyst for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, where she worked on Education and Gang Prevention initiatives for the City of San Jose.
Kristina is a proud Bay Area native and San Jose resident and received a B.A. in Sociology from UC Davis and an M.A. from Stanford University in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies. She is a 2015 New Leaders Council- Silicon Valley Fellow and serves on the Stanford Pilipino Alumni Network Leadership Board as the Mentorship Chair.