Christa Mims has recently transitioned from her position as a social worker to focus on her work leading racial disparity reduction in education for Hennepin County. Christa is a strategic, thoughtful, and empathetic leader, fueled by her passion for social justice and racial equity. She has built her career around empowering diverse and marginalized populations. As a social worker, Christa worked with families, tribes, and practitioners to place Indigenous youth in foster care with extended family and kin. In graduate school, Christa supported immigrant youth and families at a community center and domestic violence survivors at an emergency shelter. Christa also worked as a center manager and school director for Kaplan's medical and international student programs.
Recently, Christa spent a year abroad during which she taught English at a university in Istanbul, Turkey. Christa possesses a Bachelor's of Arts in French and Psychology from University of Minnesota, Morris and a Master's of Social Work from University of Southern California. She also studied in France at Sorbonne Université and in China at Capital Normal University. As a board member of the Domestic Abuse Project, Christa uses her social work knowledge and leadership experience to build and support the organization's strategic vision. Christa enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures as well as exploring the city of Minneapolis, to which she has returned after spending 11 years in Seattle, Washington.