Christina Criser Jackson



Christina Criser Jackson

BA '06, MS '10 |  Lakeland, FL


Christina Criser Jackson, BA '06, MS '10, has dedicated her life to nonprofit work. With a bachelors in English and a master’s degree in family, youth and community sciences, Christina is passionate about improving lives and strengthening our community. Starting her career at United Way Worldwide, Christina has served our Central Florida community for over a decade.

As President and CEO of United Way of Central Florida, Christina collaborates with a team of 35 staff members, 80 partner services, 2,000 volunteers, and 20,000 donors throughout Polk, Highlands, and Hardee counties. They are responsible for processing the Publix-United Way workplace campaign, raising over $58 million annually throughout the southeastern United States. In addition to annual operations, her team recently opened the Carol Jenkins Barnett United Way Children’s Resource Center at Bonnet Springs Park and launched a $5.8 million grant to address behavioral health and early intervention needs in Polk County.

She is a board member at GiveWell Community Foundation, Polk Vision, and President of Association of Fundraising Professionals Florida Caucus. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Greater Lakeland and involved in various faith and civic groups. Christina is a graduate of the United Way Worldwide Advanced Leadership Program.

Christina currently lives in Lakeland, FL and is serving her first term on the UFAA Board of Directors; her term expires 6/30/2025.