Chris was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2016, and has focused on housing, homelessness, economic development, public safety, and other critical local goals. He has taken on bold policy priorities while in office—authoring San Diego’s landmark Equal Pay Ordinance, and the law that made San Diego the largest city in California to ban Styrofoam.
He has served as Chair of the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless and San Diego Select Committee on Homelessness, where he has been a fierce advocate in identifying and implementing best practices to reform the outdated, ineffective response to San Diego’s homelessness crisis. As Chair of San Diego’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, he has focused on developing mechanisms to support local business and help create good paying jobs.
He previously served as the Chief of Staff to State Senator Marty Block, representing most of the 78th Assembly District. In these capacities, Chris was committed to constituent services, public participation in policymaking, and organizing state and local resources to make our schools, universities, and neighborhoods a better place. Prior to that, Chris was an environmental planner at the firm EDAW, working with local government to understand land use policies and law, and conduct CEQA environmental reviews.
Chris has been active in the community through volunteer services for many years prior to taking office.
Chris served on his community planning group and the San Diego Community College District’s Citizens Oversight Committee. Chris was a member of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and San Diego LGBT Center Boards of Directors, and is a member of the Truman National Security Project. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He and his partner Thom are homeowners in University Heights with their two children and cairn terrier.