Joining the UBRI team in 2013, Christina supports research and communications across Western NY Regional Economic Development Council initiatives including development of the REDC annual progress report and Buffalo Billion investment initiatives. Christina draws on prior experience in community and economic development, the cultural sector, brownfield redevelopment, evacuation planning, public policy and grantmaking.
While pursuing her Master’s degree, Christina worked at the Buffalo Urban Development Corporation on planning projects related to the South Buffalo Brownfield Opportunity Area. She was also a Research Assistant in the Dept. of Urban and Regional Planning at UB co-authoring articles on multi-modal transportation planning for evacuations published in the Journal of the Transportation Research Board and International Journal of Transportation; and a book chapter to appear in the Handbook on Securing Transportation Systems. Prior to moving to Buffalo in 2011, the Boston-native worked in the public sector in Massachusetts for nearly a decade, most recently in the position of Program Officer for two cultural economic development grant programs at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, helping to improve cultural facilities, revitalize communities, spur the development of creative industries, and promote cultural tourism. Christina also served as a Legislative Aide for a state senator who represented urban neighborhoods in the City of Boston providing research and communications for local housing and commercial real estate development projects especially where a public process was involved, as well as statewide legislative and budget priorities.
Christina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Boston College and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University at Buffalo, where she received the AICP Outstanding Planning Student Award (2013), the Michael J. Krasner Memorial Scholarship (2012), and was part of the team that won the APA NY Upstate Chapter Outstanding Student Studio Project Award (2013).