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Christine joined the Women’s Fund in 2017 after working as a Project Manager for Bean Group Global, a startup women-owned small business in Western MA focusing on international development initiatives. In her capacity as Program Officer for Community and Youth investments, she leads the Young Women’s Initiative (YWI), launching a local pilot of a national initiative right here in Springfield to benefit girls and young women 12-24. In addition, Christine is the grants officer, responsible for managing the WFWM grant cycles, partners, and committee. Christine brings a depth of experience working in public policy, international relations and gender studies to help develop the next generation of women leaders.
Previously, Christine was a District Director for MA State Senator, Ben Downing where she handled constituent services and district legislative inquiries. She also worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the International Center for Transitional Justice, Gender Justice Project. Christine served as a Commissioner for the Status of Women, Board Member for the Berkshire County Action Council and Engage in Change.
In addition to the work Christine does at the Women’s Fund, she also is a Continuing Education Advisor for the Bard Microcollege in Holyoke, an liberal arts associate degree program for young women whose education was disrupted by pregnancy or other systemic barriers.
Christine was born and raised in Western MA. She brings deep understanding of the structural barriers young women and girls continue to face in the community. She hopes to be a mentor to young women who want to follow a path to college or other leadership career objectives.
Christine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Relations from Smith College, a Master of Science Degree from the NYU Center for Global Affairs concentrating in international law and human rights. In addition, she completed certificate programs from Boston University in Paralegal Studies and Harvard Business School. Her academic research and publications analyze gaps in women’s political participation and representation, security sector reform to address domestic violence and human trafficking and psychosocial support for victims of sexual violence.