MEET THE TEAM
The Faces of Our Organization
CHRISTI H KETCHUM
When I think about my purpose, I am filled with gratefulness for my assignment. I think of the many mothers who came before me; who nurtured and developed me as a leader. With clear vision, I lead with courage and integrity, with the goal of constantly transforming myself, family and community.
Professionally and as a personal responsibility, I have worked with numerous organizations and networks that aim to improve the social, economic and political conditions for those in the most vulnerable communities.
Throughout my career, I have dedicated efforts toward the advancement of Black Women & Girls, Youth Leadership Development, Reproductive Justice, Dismantling Oppression, Prison Industrial Complex and Social Justice, that include curriculum and program design; creating intentional spaces that build bridges; and networking through partnership development. Through my 25 years of working in the non-profit sector, I am proud of my role in facilitating and identifying gaps to create programs that provide political education, leadership development, opportunities and resources to enrich leaders that can advocate for themselves and others. In 1998, I was inspired to create a network for Black Women to come together for positive dialogues and action. I imagined creating a safe space for Black Women & Girls to become stronger leaders, creating sisterhood through the experiences of sharing stories, and building meaningful relationships. That vision began surfacing in 2009, when I founded Our Rightful Place. From there, the Sacramento Sister Circle (SSC) was established; and continues to grow; both in member numbers, and in impact. In 2019, SSC reached an active online membership of 8,000+ women, and continues to encompass holistic health, wealth building, expanding our horizons, acquisition of knowledge, mentorship, and political engagement.
Over the last 7 years, I have been dedicated to the California Youth Connection, working as a Regional Coordinator, where my time is spent advocating for Foster Youth in multiple counties in Northern California. I am also the Sacramento Chapter Lead for Crime Survivors for Safety & Justice; a national network of crime survivors joining together to create healing communities while shaping public policy.