Cristina Pacheco is an activist, producer, and nonprofit consultant based out of Los Angeles. Cristina has worked with local, state, and national organizations and movements at the intersection of civic engagement, social justice, and arts practice. Previously, she served as the Director of Programs at Arts for LA where she created and still currently facilitates the ACTIVATE Arts Advocacy Leadership Program, training community arts advocates in areas of policy, leadership, coalition building, and communication. Cristina was also instrumental in launching the ArtsVote campaign, providing a cadre of civic engagement opportunities to arts advocates across LA County, and produced the LA Convergence, an annual convening of arts and arts education leaders.
Before moving back to her hometown area of Los Angeles, Cristina studied and served in San Diego for nearly a decade. She worked with the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory as a community teaching artist and administrator with the Community Opus Project, a program designed to make music education accessible for students in Chula Vista, California. Her early career included serving as an event coordinator with the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk and organizing international service programming for students at Point Loma Nazarene University.
A life-long vocalist, Cristina is featured soloist and founding board member of the Walnut Valley Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale which serves the East San Gabriel Valley through community music programs. She also serves on the Advisory Board for The Underground Museum, a dynamic, innovative cultural hub in providing progressive programming and exhibits in Los Angeles.
Cristina also serves on the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Employment Equity for the City of Los Angeles and CREATE California’s Equity Committee providing leadership and strategy partnership on statewide initiatives to improve access to the arts in K-12 education.
Cristina holds an M.A. in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego and a B.A. in Media Communications with a music minor from Point Loma Nazarene University.