Christina, born and raised in San Francisco, received her B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Media & Cultural Studies in 2013 from UC Riverside. Although she enjoyed working in the nearby elementary schools of Riverside, she knew she wanted to come back home and work with students from her hometown. She enjoyed her service year at a middle school in San Jose with the Americorps program City Year but found her place with Mission Graduates in 2014. It was here that she was finally able reconnect with the Mission District community, where she herself attended school.