Christina McCain was first introduced to Brazilian culture during her three years of doctoral research in the Brazilian Amazon and fell in love with the language, music, and dance of Brazil. Born and raised in New Mexico, Christina moved to Sacramento in 2012 and began volunteering at the Brazilian Center in early 2019 after attending the organization’s Sacramento Carnaval celebration for the first time.
She joined the Board of the Directors as its Secretary later that year. Christina is currently the Associate Director of Programs at the Climate and Land Use Alliance and previously was the Director for Latin America in the Global Climate Program at Environmental Defense Fund. She has worked in international conservation and policy for over two decades and served as a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State on issues related to scientific cooperation, environment and trade.
Christina earned a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish.