Christopher Almaraz is currently an undergraduate student at the University of California Davis, majoring in Community and Regional Development. He was born and raised in Houston Texas, until he started high school in Soledad CA. After graduating he attended Hartnell Community College, where he graduated with two associate degrees: Communications & Psychology.
Being homeless and forced to reside in his grandparent’s home for two years, his mom was able to find a home through an affordable housing development corporation. It wasn’t until he got to college that he realized how valuable, necessary and scarce these resources are. He has a major interest in food and throughout college has worked in almost every aspect of the food industry from the fields, processing facilities and restaurants. Christopher has a strong passion for the potential and power food holds to change human well-being. On campus he is involved with grassroots organizations that have social justice-oriented action goals and he is a part of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA). On campus he loves to volunteer at the student farm to stay in tune with the most valuable source of fuel available to the human body, organic food. He spends a lot of time cooking and when he is not doing anything related to food, he is either reading, riding his Harley-Davidson Dyna Low Rider or learning how to fly an airplane, occasionally jumping out of them. Living in a predominately rural and underserved community that worked as the backbone to the world food supply, his future professional plans consist of being able to provide people with homes and quality food, two thing no one should ever have to worry about. Christopher is excited to be a part of the CCRH internship as this is a steppingstone into getting hands on learning experience in the affordable housing field. This internship will guide him in the right direction to learning what it takes to keep creating affordable housing.