Prior to becoming the Executive Director of NAMI Southern Arizona, Christina had been serving as their Communications and Events Director for nearly seven years. One of her major responsibilities in that role was to plan, execute and handle all activities related to Southern Arizona's largest annual fundraiser NAMIWalks. She has collaborated with the media to promote the Walk and NAMI's mission to improve the quality of life for all those affected by mental illness. Her goal is to continue to expand programs and services to everyone in the community, reduce stigma and reach our youth earlier with mental health information, education and support.
Before coming to NAMI SA, Christina worked in the field of water conservation in both the public and private sectors. Her public service experience included nearly 18 years with the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR). In her role there, she was responsible for program development, public events, community outreach and the development of educational materials. In addition to her work for ADWR, she also founded and then chaired or co-chaired the annual Earth Day Festival in Southern Arizona for the first 19 years.
Following ownership in two Tucson marketing, advertising and public relations businesses, Ms. Godwin played a key role in starting up both for-profit and nonprofit mission-based organizations, including StrengthBuilding Partners, a nonprofit training and coaching organization that works primarily in schools, and Mrs. Green’s World, a multi-media educational resource on environmental sustainability and social justice. For the past two years Ms. Godwin has consulted with NAMI SA, first on creating a marketing plan for the organization, followed by taking a leadership role in the development of the Stigma Reduction and Improved Mental Health for Youth Initiative. She is the mother of a woman with both mental and physical illnesses, and brings her understanding of the challenges family members face in helping their children. As a volunteer Board member, Ms. Godwin chaired the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Community Investment Team in 2008 when it funded three collaborative groups, each working to create systemic change, in what became the first use of the Collective Impact model of social change in Southern Arizona. Currently she is a member of the Rotary Club of Tucson and a fellow in the Public Voices Fellowship sponsored by the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona.