Christina Coad, JD
Christina Entrekin Coad is an Indigenous woman of Oneida and European descent and a longtime advocate for members of underrepresented communities.
Christina has 20 years of experience in the delivery of social services, advocacy for children and their families, and as an attorney and systems critic in both Canada and the United States and has many years of executive leadership experience in Indigenous child welfare. She is an independent consultant, where she provides training and curriculum development in child welfare, violence against women, and the Indigenization of Justice and Public Safety among others.
As an adoptive parent and former caregiver of Indigenous children, Christina strives to ensure cultural resources are prioritized and maintained at every intersection families find themselves in.
Christina received the Bonnie Heavy Runner Victim Advocacy Award for her work in service of Indigenous victims of crime in 2016.
Since joining The Alliance in 2019, she has shepherded multiple initiatives, including an organizational restructuring, creating space for conversations around diversity and racism, and development of multiple revenue streams.
Christina received her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University, where she specialized in sociology, social psychology, and American Indian studies. She has a J.D. from Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Indian Legal Program and a lawyer licensed to practice in Washington State, where she is a member of the Indian Law Section.
Christina’s priorities in this work are to provide education, training and evaluation for persons working with or for families to improve outcomes for children, youth, families and their communities.