Cristina Muñoz De La Torre provides research, capacity building and program evaluation support to our community partners and directs the research program for community-based projects. Cristina brings 13 years of research and leadership experience in the area of climate, environmental justice, and natural hazards and disasters. Cristina is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Iowa where her dissertation analyzes the distribution of federal disaster assistance to low-income and BIPOC communities implementing an equity framework. She has published in peer review journals such as Natural Hazards Review and the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. She currently serves as the Climate & Environmental Justice Director of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Iowa. She also serves on the board of Energy Justice Network and is a Bill Anderson Fund fellow.
Cristina was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, CA and is a first-generation Latina from Salvadorian and Mexican descent. Her passion for environmental justice began at a young age growing up in a neighborhood surrounded by toxic facilities and having limited access to greenspaces. Her experiences in Los Angeles and in environmental justice communities inspired her to organize and advocate, and ultimately pursue a PhD to inform change and use her expertise to support the environmental justice movement. Outside of work, Cristina enjoys bicycling along the trails of Iowa City, camping on the mountains of Portland, and visiting family in Los Angeles.