VIVA is a full-service strategy firm specializing in large-scale community change efforts. Our primary focus is strategic consultation, which we couple with cutting-edge technology and communications to help local communities, philanthropic institutions, public agencies, and non-profit organizations work together to meet community needs.
As a women-owned firm, VIVA lends a powerfully fresh perspective to strategic conversations. We think big without losing the details; we focus on impact and effectiveness without abandoning efficiency; we adapt to the circumstances at hand without compromising standards – ours or our clients'.
VIVA cuts straight to the core to inspire a renewed connection with your true vision and give you the insight, strategy and tactics you’ll need to make it a reality.
Christina is a skilled strategist and facilitator inspired by a core belief that human suffering is not inevitable, acceptable or just. She has served as the lead consultant for the Birth-Through-3rd Grade effort in Fresno County since the first planning meeting in 2012. Christina has a diverse background that includes being a teacher, school counselor, staff to a public agency funder, and ten years of strategic consultation to public and nonprofit organizations. It is this unique combination of experience gained over fifteen years that directly propels Christina’s ability to be strategically effective by utilizing core knowledge and expertise in each field. Christina has a Master’s Degree in Education from CSU Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with an emphasis on cross cultural communication (summa cum laude) and a B.S. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Nicole brings 20 years of experience in the public, non-profit and philanthropic sectors included facilitating strategic planning processes and organizational change, and providing strategic communications consultation and execution. Her strong leadership and communications skills, and commitment to quality, have been essential for designing and implementing a diverse array of large-scale, high impact projects and initiatives. Nicole is known for being a visionary and strategic thinker, with an ability to grasp the complexities of multi-sector partnerships and to expertly facilitate diverse groups towards their shared vision and to help them to achieve results. She has a Masters degree in Education, with a focus on Group Dynamics & Leadership in Multi-Sector Partnerships and a Ph.D. in Education with a focus on Leadership in Community Collaboratives for Children from the University of California at Santa Barbara.