Christine is dedicated to public service. In addition to being Vice Chair and formerly Chair of the Los Alamos County Council, Christine is presently Vice President of the Board of Directors of the First Born Program of Los Alamos. She serves on the Board of The Delle Foundation, a philanthropic group dedicated to funding initiatives that improve early childhood education, environmental stewardship, women's health, and other issues that affect northern New Mexico. After working for four sessions at the New Mexico Legislature as a legislative analyst, she has developed an extensive network of legislators and staff that will allow her to collaborate effectively with lawmakers and hit the ground running on her first day in office.
Christine has lived in New Mexico for over three decades. Her grandparents were immigrants to this country, and while neither of her parents graduated from college, they encouraged Christine and her brothers to pursue higher education. She was fortunate to have had wonderful teacher-mentors who opened the world up to her. She believes that education is the foundation of economic success and of a vibrant democracy, so she wants to see New Mexico’s education system provide the same opportunities to our children. Christine graduated from Smith College with a degree in economics and earned law degrees from Boston College and Georgetown University. She recently retired from her career as an attorney and manager at Los Alamos National Laboratory and has continued to devote herself to improving the communities she lives in. Christine is married to George Chandler; they have three children and six grandchildren who live in Los Alamos, Carlsbad, and Oregon.