Christina Criser Jackson




ALUM_40Under40_Logo-white-01.pngChristina Criser Jackson

BA '06, MFYCS '10Lakeland, FL

President and CEO
United Way of Central Florida
Community Service


Christina is president and CEO at United Way of Central Florida, which serves the tri-county area of Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. She leads with an extensive knowledge and 11 years of experience in non-profit organizations, management, volunteer engagement, governance, community partnerships and fundraising. Prior to her current position, Christina served as vice president of resource development, vice president of major gifts and director of the Leadership Giving Association.

Christina earned her master’s in family, youth and community sciences and her bachelor’s in English at the University of Florida. She was tapped as a member of Florida Blue Key in 2004. She began her career path within the United Way Worldwide network as a lead summer associate, which is where her passion for the community impact model began. She is a graduate of the Advanced Leadership Program and LEAD, and has served the United Way of Florida throughout her tenure on the annual conference planning committee.

Outside of her direct work, Christina enjoys serving in past and current capacities for the Florida Association of Fundraising Professionals, Polytechnic University, Lakeland Regional Hospital, Junior League of Greater Lakeland, the GWH Youth Shelter, Talbot House Ministries, Polk Museum of Art, Children’s Movement of Florida ReadingPals, various chamber groups and as an alumnus of Alpha Delta Pi and CMN’s Dance Marathon. Christina is proud of her deep roots at the University of Florida.