Justina Acevedo-Cross is a Program Officer for the Children, Families, and Communities (CFC) program. She oversees a grantmaking portfolio that ranges from summer learning best practices and technical assistance to early learning federal advocacy and educator workforce development.

Prior to joining Foundation, Justina worked in the nonprofit sector as a communications professional for small and mid-size organizations, most recently at Women’s Initiative for Self Employment in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has served as a policy consultant for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, CFED, and Net Impact together with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her work has focused heavily on community development, economic security, education, and small business/workforce issues.

Justina holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Scripps College. She taught video production to high school and middle school students both in school and in an afterschool program. She currently serves as a board member of Californians for Justice and a commissioner on City of Berkeley’s Human Welfare and Community Action Commission.