CHRISTINA WILLIAMS
Director of Public Policy

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.”- Maya Angelou

As the Director of Public Policy, Christina is responsible for advancing policy change at the state and municipal levels to ensure youth are treated fairly and effectively by the criminal justice system, law enforcement, school systems, and the community as a whole.

For seven years Christina designed, implemented and evaluated community organizing efforts, human rights campaigns, and international legal reform programs in the U.S., Asia and Africa. As a Next Generation Leader for The McCain Institute for International Leadership, she designed and implemented a legal empowerment program for high-risk youth in Chicago and volunteered with legal aid organizations assisting youth with housing, expungement, sealing records, public benefits, school, and more. Most recently, Christina served as the Bill Analyst for the Maryland House of Delegates’ Judiciary Committee and Staff Counsel for a State Delegate, where she worked on transparency in grand jury proceedings, justice reinvestment, youth automatically charged as adults, and youth’s reentry needs.

She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and J.D. from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.

Outside of CLIA, Christina enjoys going on outdoor adventures, discovering antique maps of Sri Lanka, and capturing photos of scenic landscapes and historic sites related to civil rights and women’s rights pioneers.

Christina is an expert in doing solo road trips cross-country (48 states seen, 2 more to go) and enjoying every spare moment.