MEET KRISTINA

 

ADVOCATE FOR OUR CHILDREN

Kristina Molina is a community activist who has spent her career standing up for our disenfranchised communities. Born and raised in East Oakland, Kristina comes from a proud background of California pickers; her grandmother, father, aunt, and uncle worked in the fields of Southern California and joined Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta in the fight to get unionized.

Having attended Melrose Elementary School, Calvin Simmons Junior High School, and John C Fremont High School, Kristina was the first in her family to attend college at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) where she studied Italian Studies with a focus on Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy.

For 12 years Kristina has worked at Bay Area Women Against Rape (BAWAR), the nation’s first rape crisis center. At BAWAR, she built and created safe environments for women, men, children, immigrants, and the LGBTQIQAAP+ communities to heal and thrive after a sexual assault experience.

As an alumna of Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT), a nonprofit that creates equitable outdoor experiences for low-income youth of color, Kristina has taken high school and middle school students who endured trauma to overnight nature healing-retreats in Yosemite, Mount Shasta, and Black Oak. She also participated in the SSC at Howard Elementary and became a parent organizer and leader for Parent Voices of Oakland (PVO) a grassroots organization fighting to make quality child care accessible and affordable for all families. At PVO, she was involved in the campaign to pass Measure C, from collecting signatures, to parent organizing, canvassing, phone banking, and poll counting.

Kristina currently resides in East Oakland with her husband Jose and her four wonderful boys; Figo, Tlaloc, Quetzalcoatl, and Yaotl. Three boys attend OUSD, with the fourth starting Pre-K in the fall of 2020. After serving the community for more than two decades as an activist, she is now running for School Board in District 7.