Having spent 13 years in politics developing the next generation of leaders who are now taking center stage and convening the “unusual suspect” coalitions to win on the DREAM Act, Affirmative Action, Criminal Justice Reform, exploitative Corporations, and major women’s health issues, Christina moved over to the world of Social Impact and started an investment firm supporting scalable idea stage start ups to transform the hood into an epicenter of healing and growth. With that, she’s also created a co-owned incubator with the young people who led the Baltimore Uprising to tackle community economic development, wealth generation, workforce development, food access, housing, and healing.
Christina has spent her life immersed in art as an award-winning vocalist, actress, and director. She merged her varied worlds by most recently directing the US Premiere of The album HOME featuring NE-YO, Elle Varner, produced by 5 time Grammy Award winner Malik Yusef in 2013 and helped produce Hip Hop loves Ferguson during Ferguson October with Talib Kweli, Dead Prez, and the top STL artists who gave voice to the movement. She’s currently co-producing the groundbreaking full length feature documentary, Whose Streets?, the story of Ferguson from the people who lived it.
Christina is the founder and chair of the Nexus Network’s Working Group Towards Equal Justice, convening high level young influencers to bridge identity, political, and cultural divides and align towards solutions with the Movement for Black Lives, Criminal Justice Reform, and other Racial Justice movements.
Katha recently retired from her position as the Director of After-School and Camp Services at the Henry Street Settlement where she oversaw 6 after-school sites and 3 camps serving over 1,200 year round. In 2008, she was recognized by NY State Education Department for her innovative programming. She has spoken at NYState Education Extended Day/School Violence Prevention Conference and the National After-School Association annual conference in Washington DC and was recently celebrated as one of five 2015 PASEsetter Honorees from The Partnership for After School Education.
Katha is now the Executive Director of the Queens World Film Initiative that produces an annual film festival in March at the Museum of the Moving Image and a variety of venues across Queens for 5 days, to ultimately screen over 100 films from around the world and around the corner. The popular Encore Screenings utilize alternative spaces including Rockaway Beach, Queens Museum, LIC Arts Open, Diversity Plaza and the Kaufman Astoria Back Lot and the thriving Young Filmmakers Program brings film and video production into Queens public schools.
Katha is passionately committed to bringing people together to learn, to share, to grow.