Christi Ketchum, Northern Regional Coordinator

Christi is a native of Sacramento, California. She received a Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education from Clark Atlanta University. Her professional career has included working with Planned Parenthood, American Cancer Society, Sacramento AIDS Foundation, Birthing Project, The Advocacy Center, Volunteer Center of Sacramento, Early Start Program of Sacramento City College, YouthAction, and Fund for Southern Communities.

Christi founded the Project South Youth Council in 2001. She worked with youth leaders to facilitate political education workshops at conferences around the country. Over the years the youth created over 100 educational workshops and hosted the Youth Tent at the United States Social Forum in 2007. Her youth leadership development model has been replicated in other community based organizations in Atlanta and the Southeast Region and has been critical to the collective success and the continuation of youth development work in the city of Atlanta and across the Southeast.

Throughout her career she has worked with several organizations and networks focusing on the advancement of Black Women, reproductive justice, dismantling oppression, prison industrial complex and social justice. She is the founder of Our Rightful, a network for Black Women to come together for positive dialogue, sharing stories, building strong relationships, and creating an open and safe space for women to become better leaders, mothers, allies, friends and social change agents.

On a personal level she comes from a family that has raised and adopted several family members and understands the importance of supporting today’s youth.