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As Executive Director, Chrissy develops and executes strategy for corporate & philanthropic partnerships, fundraising, programming, and operations in Northern Virginia, and is a member of the senior leadership team. She leads a regional team of youth development professionals, collaborates with internal departments on strategic priorities, and manages a 6-member regional advisory board of private and public sector leaders.
Chrissy joined Urban Alliance in 2015, bringing expertise in cross-sector partnership building and social impact program design, management & expansion. Prior to Urban Alliance, Chrissy served as Co-Director of Proyecto CocoMango, a grassroots community development organization in Laguna de Apoyo, Nicaragua, and Program Coordinator at Partners of the Americas, a DC-based NGO connecting people and institutions across the Americas to craft lasting solutions to the hemisphere’s toughest challenges. She kicked off her career teaching ESL in Cuenca, Ecuador, as a volunteer with WorldTeach.
Chrissy earned her M.A. in Social Enterprise from American University’s School of International Service, where she focused on strategies for poverty alleviation, and earned her B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She serves on the board of Future Roots Project and is a proud volunteer ESL teacher at Washington English Center. A few fun facts about Chrissy: she’s bilingual (Spanish); a 2-year Varsity Women’s Soccer Captain at Johns Hopkins University; and a certified Zumba instructor!
Lauren joined Urban Alliance in January 2020 as a Program Coordinator. She brings with her extensive experience in the field of youth development. Lauren previously worked as a volunteer English teacher in Peru and as an assistant teacher in Washington, DC, guiding and mentoring 5th grade students while providing accommodations and specialized support for learners with special needs. In her most recent role, she mentored Northern Virginia teenagers and trained volunteers for a multi-cultural youth ministry.
Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Applied Sociology from North Carolina State University. She is especially passionate about equity in education and the holistic development of adolescents in her community.
Stefanie Marin joined Urban Alliance in June 2019 as a Northern Virginia Program Coordinator. Stefanie is from Alexandria, VA and a graduate of T.C. Williams High School, one of the schools UA serves in Virginia. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology with a concentration in children and youth from George Mason University. As a first-generation college graduate, she enjoys working with students from similar backgrounds and helping them to succeed.