Cris was born and raised in Austin, Texas when it was still a *hidden* gem. After graduating from Colorado College as a Comparative Literature major, she jumped at the opportunity to join the start-up offices of Blue Engine, an education nonprofit about to enter its year 2. Joining a young and scrappy organization was the best career decision she ever made, which is what first attracted her to VFA. Plus as the daughter of an immigrant entrepreneur, she has seen first hand the value of this career path. She has a Masters in Teaching from Columbia University and was a classroom teacher for two years before joining VFA as the Director of Detroit. After managing VFA’s work in the Motor City, she is now leading all of VFA’s education initiatives including its hallmark program, Training Camp, as the Director of Learning based in Philadelphia. Outside of work, Cris enjoys hosting dinner parties for as many people as she can cram around her dining table. You can also find her canvassing for her favorite local ballot initiatives and candidates on the weekends.