Christina Lares was born and raised in the central coast city of Ventura, California and is the proud daughter of young parents. Throughout her life, Christina was very observant of the oppressive conditions her family and community faced and questioned if another world was possible. During her undergraduate career at San Diego State University, Christina joined various student and community-based organizations and experienced the power of organization in achieving lasting and meaningful change. After receiving her Bachelors of Science in Health Science from San Diego State University in 2008, Christina continued her education at SDSU receiving a Master of Public Health and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies, dedicating her thesis research to exploring the Latina teenage pregnancy experience in Ventura County. As Community Engagement Manager with California Latinas for Reproductive Justice, Christina is continuing her commitment to her community by creating a base of Latinx leaders that are empowered in Reproductive Justice “RJ” Herstory, its framework, and practice in order to support and advance reproductive justice issues for themselves, their families, and their communities. When she is not working or organizing, she is training as a competitive aerial artist and teaching other womxn how to feel empowered through movement and dance.