Cristina is from Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Before joining the Acacia, Cristina was a managing accredited representative at Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project in Phoenix, where she provided deportation defense to unaccompanied children. She earned her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University in International Relations with minors in International Studies, Sociology, and French. She received her J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston, MA. She loves to read, cook and travel.