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Fiesta del Sol Coordinator

Christina Gonzales

Christina Gonzales
Lead Organizer/Director


Erin Raisner
Community Organizer

Christina Gonzales - Lead Organizer/Director

Christina grew up in a south side community of Chicago called Pilsen. She was raised in an environment of community organizing where she witnessed her grandmother and close family members organize to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Her childhood experiences lead her to work with non-profit organizations after she completed her undergraduate work at Columbia College Chicago. Her diverse non-profit background allowed her to focus on areas of program development, project management, strategic planning, financial planning, and fundraising. Throughout her career Christina used several organizing tools and techniques with proven success.

Christina accepted several key roles with Pilsen Neighbors Community Council throughout her career. She volunteered, led, and worked with the organization’s annual fundraiser, Fiesta del Sol. This festival brings 1.4 million people to the Pilsen community for a four-day event that is nearly a mile long and has over 200 volunteers participating to make it successful. She helped to raise nearly half a million dollars for the organization.

In 2008, Christina attended National-Louis University and obtained a masters degree in business management two years later. After receiving her degree, Christina traveled to Manchester, United Kingdom to organize tenant & resident associations addressing the substandard living conditions within the communities.  Upon completing her term in Manchester she went to Maryland to work with inter-faith groups addressing issues of foreclosures, transit equity, and jobs. 

Christina looks forward to using her skills and ambitions to continue to build J.O.B. into a powerful organization in San Diego and the Southern California region.

Erin Raisner - Community Organizer

Erin grew up in Northern California before heading down to Southern California for her undergraduate work at Whittier College, where she double majored in Political Science and Spanish, with a minor in Latin American Studies.

Upon graduation, she interned with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland, then returned to Northern California and worked for the Solano County Probation Department for 3 years.

In 2010, she decided to pursue a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. While at UCSD, she studied immigration and transnationalism, focusing mainly on Mexican immigrants in the U.S. who continue to vote in Mexican presidential elections. During this time, she became involved with J.O.B. as the co-chair of the Immigration Task Force and with Fiesta del Sol.

Erin is excited to join the J.O.B. team.