Christine Chavez has a made a lifetime commitment to civil rights, the labor movement, and community organizing. She was born in the City of Delano, in the heart of California’s Central Valley where she was surrounded by the farm worker movement.
Today, Christine works for the United States Department of Agriculture’s, Natural Resources Conservation Service. She works on the Public Affairs team as an outreach coordinator. As outreach coordinator she is responsible for reaching out to underserved farmers including, Hmong, Latino, African American, Veterans, LGBTQ and women.
Christine once heard her grandfather say “we don’t need perfect political systems, we need perfect participation.” Taking it to heart she has come to master the art of modern day campaigning and community organizing. Christine has helped elect numerous candidates to high office from the current Mayor of Los Angeles to the California Assembly Speaker and she is no stranger to presidential campaigns. In 2004, Christine campaigned for the Kerry-Edwards ticket in the State of New Mexico. And most recently she served as a surrogate speaker for then candidate Barack Obama. Christine traveled to Colorado and Texas in the 08 Primary.
Latina Magazine named Christine as one of their top Latinas for her longtime involvement with civil rights issues; particularly, her work on marriage equality. She has been recognized by the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force for leadership on helping to end discrimination. Until recently Christine also served on the board of Freedom to Marry.
Various women organizations such as the Chicana Latina Foundation of San Francisco and the Rhode Island Women’s Fund paid tribute to Christine’s dedication and hard work. In the coming weeks she will extend her support to organizations working to empower women such as the Latina Initiative of Denver. And the Michigan State Latina Leadership conference.
Christine’s work has not been limited to the United Farm Workers. She understands that solidarity with other unions is labor’s lifeblood. Over the years, Christine has joined workers of Service Employee International Union 1877 and their battle against L.A. International Airport, United Food and Commercial Workers strike against California super markets, and the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees long fights against L.A. area Hotels and the University of Southern California.
Christine considers her ongoing involvement with the Latino and African American Leadership Alliance as an important project to bring two historically disenfranchised communities together to forge peace and unity.
Christine resides in Davis, CA with her husband Oscar and their dog Jetty. Her work is based on the values passed down to her from her grandfather Cesar Chavez…the fight for civil rights, social justice, and labor equality.