Cristina Jimenez Moreta

Distinguished Lecturer

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Community Organizing
  • Immigration
  • Leadership Development
  • Management
  • Power and Strategy
  • Social Movements





Cristina Jimenez Moreta


Cristina Jiménez Moreta is an award-winning community organizer, political  strategist, and a leading voice in movements for social justice. She is Co-Founder and former Executive Director of  United We Dream (UWD), the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the country. She and her family came to the U.S from Ecuador seeking a better life in 1998, growing up undocumented in Queens, New York. She is currently a Distinguished Lecturer with the City College of New York’s Colin Powell School and a co-instructor with Leadership for Democracy and Social Justice (LDSJ). 

Under Cristina’s leadership, UWD grew into a powerful network of one million members that shifted the politics and narrative about immigrants and immigration, ultimately delivering policy changes at the local and national levels. Cristina was instrumental in United We Dream’s successful campaign for President Obama to sign Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) into law. 

In recognition of her work as a community organizer and movement strategist, Cristina received a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship, the Four Freedoms Award, and a spot on the 2018 TIME 100 Most Influential People List. Cristina has appeared in hundreds of national and local media outlets including USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, The New York Times, the LA Times, ABC, NPR, The Huffington Post, Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, CNN, USA Today, Huffington Post, and El Diario. She currently serves on the board of the Hazen Foundation, Rockwood, Equis Labs, Make the Road New York Action, and the Dream.US. 



ANTH 29607 - Undocumented, Unafraid, Unashamed: The Power of the Immigrant Youth Movement

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