Cristina Patricio

Cradle to Career State Policy Director

Cristina PatricioCristina Patricio serves as GRACE’s Cradle to Career State Policy Director. She believes that our coordinated and collaborative efforts will positively impact the lives of poverty-impacted communities, for this generation and the next seven generations. Cristina has over 20 years of professional experience in community organizing, youth empowerment, cross-sector collaboration, and school transformation. The foundation of her education and commitment to social justice is rooted in her experience as the daughter of immigrants, a first-generation college graduate, and a youth organizer. Previously, she supported the Los Angeles Education Partnership in developing and implementing community schools.

Cristina holds a B.A. in Chicanx Studies and History and an M.A. in Chicanx Studies from California State University, Northridge. Her research captured the experience of Latinx students who connected their post-secondary academic success to the resiliency they developed through community cultural wealth that was cultivated at their community school. Cristina is a proud East Los Angeles native who continues to reside on the same block where her parents planted their roots.


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