Cristina’s interests in organizational theory and framing sprang from her work in public service and her academic studies. Cristina has served as Senate Public Member on the Physician Assistant Board of the State of California for the last ten years. She spent over twelve years in nonprofit management before returning to UC Berkeley to finish her B.A. Her honors thesis was an examination of how Congress has used human rights to advance its own foreign policy agenda through bureaucracies like the Congressional Executive Commission on China. Cristina was a 2014-2015 Haas Research Scholar where her interests in the experience of undergraduate researchers spurred her to create a research ambassador program on campus. In 2015-16, through the Equity, Diversity Inclusion Innovation grant funding, she will implement this new project that seeks to increase the number of research scholars from underrepresented backgrounds at Cal.