Christine Nieves

Christine Nieves is mobilizing her community in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017. In response to the disaster, she co-created Proyecto de Apoyo Mutuo Mariana (Project for Mutual Aid Mariana), a cooperative open-air kitchen and neighborhood resource that convenes local community members, providing an oasis complete with solar panels, free Wi-Fi, rainwater collection and filtration for cooking, and serves up to 300 meals per day. Now, Christine and her collaborators are shifting their efforts toward long-term, sustainable development, restoring an abandoned school building into a community center for cultural and artistic projects, and identifying and marshaling resources for individuals to launch micro-businesses. Christine is an Entrepreneurship Coach and Lecturer for Leadership exCHANGE: Global Leader Programs and previously served as a StartingBloc Fellow and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Florida State University and a Community Catalyst at Knight Creative Communities Institute.

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