Director of Postsecondary Pathways
Christina is a 31-year resident of Tacoma, graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, and proud daughter of a 49-year vested IAM conventional machinist who provided Christina the opportunity to become the first in her family to graduate from university. She has devoted her career to designing and improving curriculum, programs, organizational structures and services within the realms of employment, education, domestic violence, access/equity/inclusion, and affordable housing. Christina is Director of Postsecondary Pathways for Palmer Scholars and designer of the WA State Apprenticeship and Training Council recognized Palmer Pathways Pre-Apprenticeship. Prior, Christina served as Director of Homeowner Services for Tacoma-Pierce County Habitat for Humanity, Instructional Designer for WA State Employment Security Department, Employment Counselor for WorkForce Central, and Survivors Advocate for YWCA of Pierce County. Christina serves as Chair for the Pierce County Construction Coalition, board member for Your Money Matters Mentoring, and member of Tacoma STEAM’s Leadership Team.
Palmer Scholars has intentionally re-envisioned its programs, moving beyond helping participants choose the “right fit college” to helping them choose the “right fit career path.” In doing so, they are challenging the false narrative that a four-year degree is the only path to success. Presenters will discuss key aspects of their programs, share successes and lessons learned, and challenge attendees to grapple with some of the tough questions that informed their renewed service strategy.