Cristina Gonzalez-Avram, Senior Impact Consultant has provided more than 15 years of research and programmatic support to nonprofit and governmental organizations. She brings expertise in program strategy and development, research and evaluation, and project management. She is passionate about organizational effectiveness and developing bottom-up approaches that address pressing social problems. Cristina holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy from Northern Arizona University, a professional certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Sociology from the University of San Francisco.
Now, it’s time to hear from Cristina.
Q: What’s your favorite quote/mantra?
It’s actually not a quote or mantra, it’s George Eliot’s “Count that Day Lost”. It’s my favorite poem because it serves as a reminder to practice kindness and approach the world with an open heart.
Q: Who would you most like to swap places with for the day?
An international food journalist.
Q: What are your top 3 favorite podcasts/books/blogs to follow?
- The Daily (Podcast) – Having two young kids, it can be difficult to find time to stay informed – most of our books are now geared at the 5 and under audiences. This podcast helps keep me sensitized to a variety of important happenings around the world and I can listen while I run errands or cook.
- Radio Ambulante (Podcast) – I grew up in a bilingual, bicultural home. Most of my Spanish-speaking family members are outside of the states, so listening to stories from throughout Latin America helps me feel a little more connected to their experiences.
- NYPL and WNYC’s Virtual Book Club – This is a great book club and the host’s author interviews are really engaging.
Q: What is something people in your industry/niche have to deal with that you want to fix?
To drive much-needed, long-lasting social change, nonprofits, philanthropies, and social ventures need to form meaningful partnerships. The roadmap for successful partnerships may vary, but there are a few commonalities, and each must start with clarity of vision – what social changes are you advancing through your work. Once that clarity of vision is in place, it opens up the channels for strong program and intervention design. The goal is for social impact to be community-led, evidence and practice wisdom-based, and additive to efforts that are already in place within the community. I’d like to help optimize social impact investments and deepen program efficacy by supporting key players in these planning and evaluation processes. I’d also love to help build in-house capacity for this type of work so that social change agents can remain effective and nimble.
Q: What are your hobbies?
I met my husband and lots of dear friends through rock climbing, so climbing will always hold a special place in my heart. Other favorite hobbies include road and mountain biking, swimming, camping, traveling, and cooking.
Q: Tell us something we don’t know about you.
My love of nature and of community-level capacity building have led me to some extraordinary places, from deep cavern systems in Arkansas, remote backcountry regions of Montana, and rural stretches of Alaska, to high elevation boulder fields in Peru and beautiful coastal communities in Vietnam. Wherever we travel, my husband and I try to find some boulders to scamper up (local customs permitting).
Q: Describe your job in 3 words.
Impact-centered, Evidence-based, Fulfilling
Q: What do you appreciate most about working at ResultsLab?
What originally drew me to ResultsLab was the company’s commitment to advancing social impact through capacity building and tailored consulting. After joining ResultsLab, I’m thrilled to be supporting that work, but what I most appreciate is the supportive, healthy work culture that’s been cultivated by our CEO, Cindy, and the executive team. They’ve made an intentional effort to hold our internal culture and practices to high standards of engagement, accountability, and excellence. I also really appreciate getting to work with an inspiring and dedicated group of colleagues. I learn something new from them every single day and it’s invigorating!
Thank you, Cristina, for letting us pick your brain and get to know you better. Be on the lookout for our other ResultsLab teammate features in the upcoming months, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.