Christine Zirneklis is SRL’s interim Sr. Collaborations & Engagement Project Manager—she manages the Gwen Ifill Fellowship program, events, and relationships with local stations and other partners. Christine joins the team from the National Geographic Society, where she spent nearly five years building a global community of Explorers—6000+ educators, journalists, researchers, and scientists. Previously, Christine was an SRL station partner and led community engagement programming with PBS SoCal, and spent six months on the road with Roadtrip Nation. Born and raised in southern California, Christine earned her B.A. in Global Studies and English from UCLA. After some time in DC, she now lives in Brooklyn where she is finishing her M.A. in Engagement Journalism at CUNY’s Newmark School of Journalism. In her spare time she can be found outside—climbing rocks, exploring bike trails, and telling stories around campfires.