Cristina Magaña


Cristina has extensive technical and evaluation expertise including experience engaging vulnerable and underserved communities. She is skilled at developing and implementing mixed methods research plans, developing data collection instruments, collecting data through interviews, focus groups,  and archival sources, developing data quality assurance procedures, developing and managing large web-enabled client-level databases (including Social Solutions Effort to Outcomes and Persimmony), needs assessments and asset mapping.  Cristina uses her group facilitation skills to lead groups through complex collaborative processes. She is a bilingual, bicultural Spanish speaker.

Prior to joining Harder+Company, Cristina served as a research technician in the Criminal Justice Research Division of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). She was also a program manager at the University of California Davis Center for Reducing Health Disparities, as well as the California State University Fresno Foundation Office of Research. She has been a Family Therapy Lecturer at California State University Fresno Department of Psychology. She serves on multiple panels for the Administration for Children and Families reviewing grants and Spanish language products for their Child Welfare Information Gateway. Cristina is a founding member of the Latina Giving Circle. She is also a passionate advocate for environmental and health justice, and has collaborated with neighbors to minimize the impact of a freeway expansion on Golden Hill, their urban community in central San Diego.

  • Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology, University of Toledo
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, California State University, Fresno
Areas of Expertise
  • Behavioral Health
  • Children, Youth + Families
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood
  • Education
  • Housing + Community Development
  • Immigration
  • Leadership Development