Kristine Arroyo has been in the Justice League NYC orbit since she participated as a youth leader in our first major convening, "Growing Up Locked Down" at The New School in 2014. Growing up in New York City, Kris lost a childhood friend to gun violence and made a commitment at a very young age to do something about it, becoming a leader in her high school's reACTION program.  At 17, Kris was already making impact across the state, speaking in the State Capitol against the NRA, and was recognized for her passionate advocacy for gun violence victims, receiving honors from then Mayor Bloomberg and Brooklyn Borough President Markowitz. While most recently serving as the Director of Community Outreach for NYers Against Gun Violence, Kris helped develop community-based curriculum and educated over 300 high school and middle school students each year. Her passion and dedication to serving youth led to her advising the fore-mentioned Youth Against Guns and bringing them into the NYAGV coalition. And we are so proud of all the work she has done leading youth, especially youth of color, and educating the masses about gun violence prevention.

Kris joined Justice League NYC in 2017 and immediately became an integral part of our organizing and our family, and an invaluable member of our Public Education, Direct Action and Fundraising committees. Kris' boundless energy and talent and her kind heart would be enough for us to want to hire her, but she has also proven herself a fierce organizer and a fearless one to boot.  And that is everything we need and want in California and more!