Christina Valdes

Federal Award Senior Manager

Christina Valdes supports the senior director of grant management and business operations in the oversight and management of NIET's sponsored projects as well as NIET's grant management practices, policies, and procedures. As federal award senior manager, Christina contributes to the day-to-day operations and administration including writing and submitting proposals and identifying funding opportunities. She also reviews expenses and prepares progress and financial tracking reports.

Prior to joining NIET, Christina served eight years in higher education working as an administrator and later becoming an admissions counselor. During that time, she established essential leadership skills and developed skills in critical thinking, counseling, organization, customer service, and management responsibilities. Her education, in addition to hands-on work experience with students, has confirmed her commitment to helping students make the most of their educational experience.

Christina earned a Bachelor of Science in biology, with a minor in psychology, from Nova Southeastern University, and a master's degree in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University. A lifelong learner, Christina has a passion for learning how to better serve teachers and students in this ever-changing field of education.

 Christina  Valdes

Why are you passionate about working at NIET?

I am passionate about NIET because of its mission, vision, and values that align with mine as a leader and mentor. Providing support to a team that ensures all students have the greatest opportunities that they deserve is rewarding.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I love hanging out with family and friends, being outdoors gardening and hiking, and finding new recipes on Pinterest to replicate.