Cristina Perez is a San Francisco native, born to Mexican immigrants. She developed resiliency early on, which led her to become the first in her family to graduate college and then to a 22-year career dedicated to fighting social and economic inequities. For 18 years at the nonprofit Summer Search Bay Area, Cristina advocated for under-represented students through socio-emotional mentoring and innovative programming. As the Director of Post-Secondary and Alumni Relations, she built and launched the first post-secondary program that created access for students to advising, financial literacy, and careers opportunities, creating opportunities to network and connect with professionals and companies. This Spring 2021 Cristina will be transitioning to Workday as the Sr. Talent Acquisition Partner for their workforce development Opportunity Onramps program and Diversity Recruiting initiatives. She will continue to provide access to youth, and now also to veterans and parents returning to work. Cristina fuels her passion for diversity and inclusion initiatives as a Talent Consultant for social impact organizations, supporting their recruiting needs and creating diverse sourcing pipelines. Cristina has a BA in Psychology and Ethnic Studies Certificate from the University of San Francisco, and a Masters in Social Work and PPS credential from San Jose State University. Prior to Summer Search, Cristina worked at La Clinica de la Raza, Instituto Familiar de la Raza, and at Kaiser Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Santa Clara. She was also a board member of Pacific Primary Preschool.