Christine joined the Austin Parks and Recreation Department in 2018 as the Department’s Partnership Manager. As Partnership Manager she oversees the PARD Community PARKnerships program, the umbrella program for the various ways in which community groups can choose to partner with the City of Austin.
The Community PARKnership program encompasses the following initiatives: PARD PARKnerships (and Agreements), Adopt A Park, Parkland Stewardship, the Community Activated Park Project program, and the Cities Connecting Children to Nature Initiative. Christine serves as the primary liaison to all partners seeking to propose, plan, design and/or develop projects on parkland.
Prior to joining the PARD Planning Division, Christine worked for 10 years as Senior Program Manager at Keep Texas Beautiful, a statewide community development nonprofit. Christine was born and raised in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas and received her bachelor’s degree from UT Austin in Government and master’s degree in Urban Affairs and Planning at City University of New York- Hunter College. NYC was amazing, but Christine missed the natural open spaces and parks of Austin and moved back in 2008.
She lives in north Austin with her husband and three kids and enjoys dragging her kids to every park within a 60-mile radius of her home.