Christian was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles. His family upbringing was grounded in a deep respect and understanding of the rich culture and history of African/Black people across the world. Regular visits to Leimert Park, the California African American Museum, the annual African American Film Festival, and many other cultural events further helped to develop one of his foremost values and guiding principles–“I am because we are.” This belief has been a driving force behind his passion and commitment to dismantling systems of oppression and empowering youth and families throughout our community.
After taking a few years to find his way after high school, Christian moved to the Bay Area where he has spent the last 10 years. During this time he earned a B.A. in Sociology and a B.S. in Industrial Design: Product Design & Development from San Francisco State University and had the honor of teaching and empowering Black youth in Oakland and San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunters Point. Through his work in Oakland’s parks and recreation dept. and the 100% College Prep Institute in San Francisco, Christian helped to provide youth with opportunities to explore various boating and outdoor adventures and helped Black male high school youth build positive cultural identities, social emotional development, and academic success. Beyond his work in the community he enjoys outdoor recreation with his family, creating art, working on cars and watching and playing sports (when he’s not boycotting them).
Fun Fact: Christian married his middle school sweetheart and they now have four beautiful children together.