Christina Oraftik is the Project Associate at Farallon Strategies bringing a multidisciplinary background with experience in climate policy, wildfire resilience, and nature-based adaptation solutions both internationally and domestically. Having worked with several Indigenous communities, she has experience in incorporating traditional ecological knowledge frameworks and holistic environmental viewpoints. With skills in research, writing, communication, and a variety of analytical tools, she has experience in taking complex and technical information down to the essential key takeaways suited for a variety of audiences.
Christina started her environmental career at an NGO creating community-based conservation and infrastructure projects on islands throughout the world. Her work included managing a broad array of project types from microloan programs for women protecting mangroves in Sri Lanka to peat moss bog restoration in Ireland. She then returned to school to get her Masters of Arts in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey. While pursuing her graduate degree, she was able to work on a variety of local projects and get rooted in California’s environmental policy world. This included projects such as a study on nature-based adaptation for transportation and wetlands, wildfire resilience building, and local environmental education.
A naturalist at heart, Christina enjoys learning the names and characteristics of all the plants and animals around her. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, climbing, foraging edible and medicinal plants, and finding fun rocks.