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Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez is a native of the rust-belt town of Youngstown, Ohio. Since 2013, she has served as co-director of the InterReligious Task Force on Central America (IRTF), based in Cleveland, Ohio. Chrissy devotes her passion for social justice to her union-laborer father and concern for Latin America to her mother, who found refuge in the United States from Medellin, Colombia, during the height of the civil war in the 1980s.
Chrissy received her BA in International and Financial Management from Hiram College and her MA and MEd in Higher Education Administration and Counseling from Kent State University. At Kent, she worked in Student Affairs, coordinated experiential education, civic engagement and service-learning trips, taught Student Development and Leadership courses and served on Sustainability, Equity and Professional Development committees. While studying at Hiram, she helped in the initial creation of the 501c3 Hiram Farm Living and Learning community for people with Autism Spectrum Disorders and was co-founder of the Olive Branch fair trade store in Hiram, Ohio.
Chrissy also serves on the executive committee of the Disciples Peace Fellowship, the International School of Americas Watch Council, and as chair of the NE Ohio Fair Trade Network. She is proud to be a community organizer with groups such as the Coalition of Immokalee Workers & the Student Farmworker Alliance, Witness Against Torture, Christian Peacemaker Teams, Ecumenical Advocacy Days, Tree of Life Education Fund (Israel/Palestine), the Asociacion de Trabajadores del Campo Nicaragua, Refugee and Immigration Ministries and others.