Meet The Executive Director Of Cooline
"Cooline was founded to create a place where children can have fun safely, now we teach foundational leadership skills through play. We stay true to the mission we set out from the start"
Executive Director & Founder
Christian has been serving the community of East Palo Alto for 9 years. He founded Cooline to provide kids in East Palo Alto a safe place to have fun. As he became older, he learned that community leaders are the only people who are able to make lasting, impactful changes. He reinvented Cooline's goals from safe events to safe community service projects in 2018. He loves working with elementary students and helping to guide others through difficult times. Christian is also a passionate education activist in Ravenswood. Christian is proud to be bi-racial and identifies as Black. He attends De Anza & Foothill Community College and will be transferring to Cal State East Bay in Hayward, CA in the Fall of 2022.
Christian is currently the East Palo Alto representative for the San Mateo County Youth Commission and serves as the Education Chair. He also served as a lead intern at a neuro-diverse school and worked on training for police to better respond to those in mental health crises. Additionally, he is serving as a board member of several nonprofit organizations including the board of CreatorsCircle, a career exploration program. He has worked for various youth-serving organizations over the past few years including leading sustainable service projects with students at East Palo Alto Charter School's afterschool program and was trained as a conflict resolution counselor by therapists in 2018.
He also has served as the Vice President of the East Palo Alto Interact Club in 2019-20 and has been a part of the Academy's Black Student Union & Our Voices, Social Justice Clubs in 2019. He also sits on a county-wide nonprofit organizations committee.
Leadership Certificate Program, The Walt Disney Company, 2021
Nonprofit Leadership Certification, Centers For Excellence In Nonprofits, 2021
CPR/AED/First Aid/Trauma Essentials, Stanford Medicine, 2020
Child Abuse/Neglect Mandated Reporting, CA Mandated Reporting, California Department of Social Services, 2022