|| Christina Ryder graduated with a Master of Arts in Social Science with a concentration in Demographic and Social Analysis from the University of California, Irvine and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Vanguard University of Southern California. Christina has been a grant writer for over 10 years and, as a fundamental area of expertise, has been successful in securing millions of dollars in foundational, corporate and federal requests for multiple non-profit organizations, coalitions, and grass-root projects world wide. She has served in various capacities within non-profit organizations including in direct service, administrative, training, conference, and academic research review capacities. An activist at heart, Christina has dedicated most of her personal research and volunteer efforts to addressing the needs faced by at-risk youth, those affected by poverty, and women and children victims of violence. In addition to her role at The Grantwell, LLC, Christina is per course faculty at Missouri State University, Drury University, and Vanguard University of Southern California in each of these institutions Sociology Department. In November 2011, she was appointed to the Springfield, Missouri Mayor's Commission on Human Rights and is an active member of the local Continuum of Care Homeless Task Force.