Policy Advocate, Researcher, Survivor Executive
Christina Ruiz is a 26-year-old Mexican American single mother who is currently pursuing her Bachelors degree in Public Policy and her Masters degree in Public Administration at USC. Christina identifies as a former foster youth, incarcerated youth, homeless youth, and sex trafficking survivor. She has risen above her circumstances through focusing on education and service work. Christina is a small business owner as well as a licensed Continue Education Unit (CEU) trainer for foster parents, law enforcement, and universities, and county officials. Christina also serves several community-based organizations committed to serving foster youth, refugees, formerly incarcerated individuals, sex trafficking survivors, and at risk families. She is a policy representative for the Coordinated Entry System through the LA Homeless Services Authority and serves on the California Board of State Community and Corrections Executive Steering Committee. In these positions, Christina fulfills her passion to end youth homelessness by leveraging resources and bridging gaps between youth, programs, and partners.
Her work advocating for disenfranchised youth led her to become involved with Survivor2Leader to help individuals who were victimized by sex trafficking. When she is not working to ensure childrens’ safety and welfare in California, she likes attending Calvary Chapel in South LA with her son and practicing mixed martial arts.