Senior Director, Development & Operations

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Cristina has over 12 years of experience in economic development, international education and business development.  As a key leadership team member at NatLaw, Cristina has primary responsibility for developing, implementing, and overseeing NatLaw’s strategic plan.  She leads its contract and grant development, as well as fundraising activities.  In such role, she works closely with the Board of Directors and senior advisors.  Cristina is also responsible for the administrative oversight of internal operations.

Her experience and leadership have been internationally focused and driven by the values of cultural humility and respect.  Prior to joining NatLaw, she was Assistant Dean of Global Locations at the University of Arizona. She oversaw the implementation and operations of UA locations abroad; leading a team spanning around the world, ensuring student success, curriculum design and quality, and marketing and branding.  At the UA she led 2 strategic initiatives in the 2018 strategic plan.

Cristina has worked on international development law projects around the world.  She has advised foreign governments on the adoption of new commercial laws and regulations and provided training to stakeholders in both the public and private sector.

She has been faculty with ArizonaLEND at the UA since 2013, and leads seminars in law, leadership and culture.

Cristina is originally from El Salvador and holds a law degree, and an LLM in International Trade and Business Law from the University of Arizona.