Cristina Ayala Gomez
Cristina is a fundraising and management consultant who works exclusively on progressive political and nonprofit campaigns with particular focus on women, people of color, and the Border community in Texas.
She has raised more than $575M for causes across Texas and the world. She served as Finance Director for Rochelle Garza’s campaign for Texas Attorney General and is currently the Deputy Director at Annie’s List, a PAC that recruits progressive, pro-choice Texas women to run for office.
Cristina also runs a fundraising consultancy. Her clients have included: Celia Israel for Mayor of Austin, Cambio Texas, Equality Texas, WRISE, Rock the Vote, and the Muslim Student Association among others. Previously, she has served as the Finance Director at the Texas Democratic Party.
She founded New Leaders Council South Texas Frontera, the only chapter on the Border, and is a LEAD Trainer for the national organization. She is the Vice Chair of Austin Women Invest to Elect and just completed her service on the Board of Street Business School, a global nonprofit partnering with local leadership to develop entrepreneurship skills in the world’s most impoverished women.
Cristina has an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston, a master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and a social sector leadership certificate from UC Berkeley. She’s from the rural border town of Mission, Texas. She draws inspiration from her family and her community. Cristina has two hounds — Ruffalo and Oliver.