Christina Sanders, M.P.A.

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Christina Sanders is currently the Director of the WSU Division of Governmental Studies and Services. She has been with this applied policy research and outreach unit since 2005. Christina is responsible for unit oversight as well as project and program development and management. Her areas of expertise include program evaluation, facilitation of public and group processes, and applied research using surveys, interviews, assessments and focus groups as well as analysis and reporting.

Christina has extensive experience working collaboratively with all levels of government: Federal, tribal, state and local. Christina’s research interests include emergency management & response, program evaluation, disaster preparedness, ethics, as well as based policing, and community oriented policing.

Christina also serves as the Director of WSU’s Office of Emergency Management, is a Community Emergency Response Team trainer, serves as a delegate of the Extension Disaster Emergency Network, and is the Assistant Director of the Washington State Institute for Criminal Justice.

In her spare time Christina enjoys spending time with her children, bike riding, hiking and watching sports.

Updated on 6/21/19