When Christi Metropole encountered a stray, in-need kitten in 1999, she was appalled to learn that little to no resources existed to help her, her cat, or the thousands like them. As a result, she founded Stray Cat Alliance and soon, feral and free-roaming cats had found a formidable ally. Under Christi's unwavering leadership, hundreds of volunteers and scores of donors have since united to provide education, human power, and skills to Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) thousands of cats who need help. Under her astute direction, Stray Cat Alliance's dedicated network helps ensure a safer, healthier quality of life for feral, stray, homeless, or community cats (who are often misunderstood and targeted) that wouldn't otherwise survive and flourish. Christi is acknowledged as the influential and candid voice for those cats. She is the "go-to" source on the subject, and is whose opinion is sought out by other humane proponents needing sound advice. She is frequently requested as a speaker on critical issues related to cat care and protection, laws regarding humane treatment, and human health-related concerns. Her experience as a teacher with Los Angeles Unified School District, and as a realtor with Keller Williams Reality Brentwood, has allowed her to hone in on integral skills that help strategically steer the course and further the development of the Stray Cat Alliance.