Cristina Olsen, PhD, CPCC
2013: Post-Graduate Jungian Training Certification, International School of Analytical Psychology (ISAP), Zurich, Switzerland.
2010: CPCC Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, The Coaches Training Institute, San Rafael, California.
2007: CFRE Certified Fund Raising Executive, Association of Fundraising Professionals.
2001: Ph.D. Spirituality and Cultural Geography, Graduate Theological Union & UC Berkeley.
1992: M.A. Philosophy and Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies.
1980: B.A. Cultural Anthropology and Psychology, Sonoma State University.
Proficient in English and Spanish.
2010-current: Editor and Writing Coach (private practice). Supporting academic and independent scholars in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, and social change writers from the corporate and nonprofit sectors.
2006 – 2010: Grants Executive, NatureBridge (formerly Yosemite National Institutes). San Francisco, CA. An environmental education organization serving schools K-12; and a park partner of the National Parks System.
2004 – 2006: Grants Administrator, World Neighbors, Oklahoma City, OK (home-based position in Novato, CA). An international development organization serving remote communities in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Indonesia, Central Africa, Mexico, Central America, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Traveled to Chile, Honduras,and Mexico on fact-finding missions for the development of grant writing proposals.
2005: Fundraising Consultant, Puente a la Salud Comunitaria, Oaxaca, Mexico. Promotes the reintroduction of the native species amaranth in Mexico for the well-being of marginalized indigenous communities.
2004: Fundraising Consultant, Conservation Science Institute, Santa Cruz, California. An active think tank organization dedicated to resolving ecological and environmental dilemmas.
2002-2004: Grants and Public Information Director, Hospice of Marin Foundation (now known as Hospice by the Bay), Corte Madera, California. Procured million dollar grants for palliative care services and bereavement programs. Oversaw production of press releases and monthly newsletter.
1996-2002: Administrative Manager of Programs and Fundraising, Marin Interfaith Council, Novato, California. Bringing together religious leaders and other peoples of faith to advocate for justice, build community and celebrate faith traditions.
1994-2001: Adjunct Professor in Humanities, John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California.
1991-1994: Lecturer in Philosophy and Religion, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco.
1990-1992: Academic Programs Officer, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. Curriculum development, student advising, and events coordination for the East-West Psychology and Philosophy Departments.
1987-1990: Financial Aid Officer, California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco. Managed federal, state and private student aid programs, advised students on financial aid opportunities, and raised scholarship funds.
1983-1987: Research and Marketing Assistant, Benefits Planning and Insurance Agency, Larkspur, California. Researched health insurance programs and wrote health insurance proposals for business clients.
1980-1983: Bilingual Assistant, University of Chile, Marine Biology Department, Reñaca, Chile. Assisted departmental head with bilingual communications, translated scientific research documents into English, composed letters in English, and served as an interpreter at conferences and seminars.
1977-1980: Language Learning Services Coordinator and Senior Spanish Tutor, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, California. Wrote a language tutoring manual (“Psychological Principles Applied to Tutoring and Learning Languages”), conducted tutor training workshops, and tutored in Spanish.
1974-1977: English Teacher, Berlitz School of Languages, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1970-1974: Bilingual Editorial Assistant, Rinehart Press (Spanish language text-books), Corte Madera, California.
1967-1970: Editorial Assistant, Look Magazine, San Francisco, California.
2015: Kissing the Sky: Poetry and Photography, Suncloud Press
2012: Nature in the Lives of Saints Brigit, Patrick and Columba, Lambert Academic Press, Saarbrucken, Germany.
2009: "David Faas ha Muerto," Moving Art (an international culture and arts online magazine), October 2009. www.moving-art.net/poetry/article/David_Fass_ha_muerto.aspx?sflang=es
2002: “Did Brigit Love Animals Like a Good Celt Should? A Look at Cogitosus’s Life of Brigit,” Comitatus, Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Volume 33/2002.
2002: "The Island of Iona: Landscape, Sanctity, and Retreat,"Museum and Publications of Welsh Life, Cardiff, Wales.
2002: "Iona: The Spiritual Landscape of the Columban Exile," International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, England.
2000: "The Alchemical World of St. John of the Cross," Publications of the Cultural Integration Fellowship.
1999: "The Confluence of Ethics, Aesthetics, and Spirituality," Publications of the Conference on Environmental Aesthetics, Utah State University.
1980: Psychological Principles Applied to Learning and Tutoring Languages. Tutoring Training Module, Sonoma State University.
March 24, 2002: American Academy of Religion/Western Region Annual Meeting, Saint Mary’s College, Moraga, California: “Celtic Naturism and Concern for Animals in Adomnan’s Life of Saint Columba.”
February 20, 2002: Cultural Integration Fellowship, San Francisco: “Meister Eckhart: The Ground of Being.”
August 5, 2001: Cultural Integration Fellowship, San Francisco: “The Place of Resurrection: Celtic Wanderlust and the Island of Iona.”
May 3, 2001: International Congress of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan: “Celtic Naturism and the World of Nature in Cogitosus’ Life of Saint Brigit.”
March 17, 2001: Annual California Celtic Studies Conference, University of California, Berkeley: “Did Brigit Love Animals Like a Good Celt Should? A Look at Cogitosus’ Life of Saint Brigit.”
January 30, 2000: Cultural Integration Fellowship, San Francisco: “The Alchemical World of St. John of he Cross.”
October 8, 1999: Conference on Environmental Aesthetics, Utah State University: “Gardens and God’s Presence: The Confluence of Ethics, Aesthetics and Spirituality.”
June 7, 1998: Marin Interfaith Council, San Rafael, California: “Ethics and Aesthetics in the Interpretation of the Biblical Paradise.”
RESEARCH AND FIELD STUDIES ABROAD
2006: Fact-finding mission to Chile for World Neighbors in support of grant proposals development.
2005: Fact-finding mission to Mexico and Honduras for World Neighbors in support of grant proposals development.
1998: Doctoral research in Ireland and Western Isles of Scotland, funded by a scholarship from The Iona Community.
1993: Field studies and retreats at Zen and Taoist monasteries in Japan (Kyoto) and Taiwan, funded by a Kern Foundation Award.
1989: Field studies in Northern India, funded by a Kern Foundation Award.
COMMITTEES AND VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES
2004: Volunteer fundraiser for the David Leon Fund for children with bone marrow disease.
2002-2004: Board Member, Marin Interfaith Council.
1996-1998: Volunteer Spanish Tutor, Franciscan School, Graduate Theological Union.
1994-1996: Financial Aid Advisory Committee Member, Graduate Theological Union.
Editorial Freelances Association (EFA)
Left Coast Writers
Marin Poetry Center
Jung Institute of San Francisco
Association of Fundraising Professionals
American Academy of Religion
Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
Celtic Studies Association of North America
Networking Entrepreneurial Women of Marin