Basic Needs Program Manager, Spectrum Youth and Family Services
Christina Brown has spent the majority of her life and career working to end homelessness and securing safe, decent, affordable housing for all. From swinging a hammer to advocating for tenants rights, she has worn many different hats in this pursuit. In the two and a half years that Christina has lived in Vermont she has rapidly set roots, and fully intends to continue to grow and deepen that connection. Christina received her BA in Global Studies and Spanish from Warren Wilson College outside of Asheville, NC. During her time as a student, she also received four years of vocational training as a carpenter. In the subsequent years, she worked in affordable housing in many capacities in the US and abroad. Thus, upon moving to Burlington in 2018, it was a natural fit for her to apply that experience to her role at Spectrum Youth and Family Services. As the Basic Needs Program Manager at Spectrum, Christina supervises both the Drop-In Center and the Supported Housing teams in their work with youth experiencing homelessness. She is committed to centering youth voices and leadership in the mission of ending youth homelessness and dismantling systems of oppression. When she isn't hanging out at the Youth Drop-In Center, Christina can be found keeping her hands busy on a woodworking project, out on a long run, or enjoying the beauty of this state with her husband, their young child, and their old dog.