Meet Our New Executive Director!

Christina, an Indigenous woman of Oneida and European decent, is an executive leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the U.S. and Canada in the delivery of social services and advocacy for children and their families. She has more than nine years’ executive leadership in Indigenous child welfare and has led IVAH Consulting since 2006, where she provided training and curriculum development in child welfare, violence against women, and the indigenization of justice and public safety.

“I am excited to announce Christina’s appointment to this key role in the Alliance partnership,” said Emiko Tajima, executive director, Partners for Our Children. “We are looking forward to working with her to further the excellent training the Alliance offers in its collaboration with, and support of, Department of Children, Youth and Families and the vulnerable children and families it serves in our state. “

Christina has a doctor of jurisprudence degree from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Indian Legal Program at Arizona State University. She completed her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University, where she specialized in sociology, social psychology and American Indian studies.

In 2016, she received the Bonnie Heavy Runner Victim Advocacy Award for her work with indigenous victims of crime. She is a former foster parent and the adoptive parent of two teenage girls from care. She is also the mother of a soon-to-be middle-schooler and stepmother to two adult children living in California.

We hope you’ll stop by to say hello to Christina or send her a warm welcome via email at ccoad@uw.edu​.