Cristiana joined EBCLC on January 19th, 2021 with over 12 years of experience in philanthropy, grant-making and community building.
Cristiana’s commitment to racial justice has positioned her to play a pivotal role in nurturing our communities throughout her career. As the Deputy Director of Development at the Low-Income Investment Fund (LIIF), Cristiana managed annual fundraising goals supporting the creation of affordable housing and community-building initiatives. Previously, she served as the Director of Development for Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS, Inc.) where she led fundraising efforts and funded mental health services for the Asian & Pacific Islander community. At Oakland’s Lincoln (formerly Lincoln Child Care Center), she helped disrupt the cycle of poverty and trauma through mental health services as the Director of Institutional Giving. Throughout her career, Cristiana has successfully raised and sustained over $70 million for nonprofits in California, Minnesota and New York.
Grant-writing, creative writing and poetry also land high among Cristiana’s expertise. She has secured numerous writing fellowships and residencies from the University of Chicago, Dickinson House, Wellstone Center, Kundiman, Asian American Writers Workshop, Poets House, Featherboard Writing Series and Naropa University’s Summer Writing Program. Cristiana’s creative and artistic skills will help tell the stories of EBCLC’s clients, staff, and community.
As Development Director, Cristiana will lead the development and implementation of a multi-faceted resource development plan, provide leadership and management to the Development and Communications team and serve as a member of EBCLC’s Executive Management team. Cristiana earned a Bachelor of Art in Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies from the University of Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama, where she also studied letterpress printing and bookmaking through the Book Arts Program. She recently purchased a Vandercook SP-20, with the hope of eventually publishing collaborative book projects between artists and writers of color.