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Senior Program Officer
Christina Garcia joined Irvine’s San Francisco office in 2015 as a Senior Program Officer.
Driven by her passion for social justice, equity, and multicultural models of community development, Christina has dedicated her cross-sector career to providing the critical resources that create opportunities for people who don’t have them. Christina currently serves as co-chair of Irvine’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Staff Advisory Committee and on the board of directors of Mercy Housing California.
Prior to joining Irvine, Christina worked for three years at the venture philanthropy fund, REDF, leading its development, communications, evaluation and learning, and field-building initiatives. She spent five years in San Francisco local government, launching and improving community-based economic development and workforce opportunities for low-income and at-risk individuals, families, and entrepreneurs. Christina began her career as a grantmaker and change agent at The Corporation for Supporting Housing, where she led a national systems change initiative to adapt and scale the permanent supportive housing industry.
Christina holds a degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of California at Berkeley, with an interdisciplinary concentration on societal control mechanisms that work together to advance or restrict opportunities for low-income populations.