Christina is an expert in civil rights law - the law that is enforced by the Bureau of Labor and Industries.
She has experience working for both businesses and workers. As in-house counsel for a local company and later as a special advisor embedded in a national technology company, Christina has experience advising businesses on compliance with Oregon labor laws. As an attorney she has worked with workers of all types all across the state to help them enforce their civil rights. Christina will work to empower both businesses and workers to thrive in Oregon.
Job Growth and Job Training
Christina has a plan to expand job training and apprenticeship programs - helping businesses grow and create new jobs - so more Oregonians can find a good-paying job, earn a raise, and keep up with inflation. Christina worked her way through college, but knows college isn’t the right choice for everyone. That’s why we need more career technical education and school-to-pathways, so everyone can succeed in our economy, whether they went to college or not. As Labor Commissioner, Christina's top priority will be easing our workforce shortages and helping anyone who wants to work hard earn the skills they need.
Helping Small Businesses
Christina knows that small businesses drive our local economy. As a small business owner herself, Christina understands the struggles small businesses face with rising costs and a strained labor market. Big corporations that don’t play by the rules shouldn't have a competitive advantage over our home-grown businesses, which is why she’ll continue working to level the playing field for responsible businesses who work hard to do right by their communities. As Labor Commissioner, Christina will increase job training to help ease the worker shortage and will invest in the technical assistance Oregon businesses need to stay compliant with Oregon laws.
Supporting Women and Families in the Workforce
Oregon’s next Labor Commissioner needs to support economic and gender equality, which means enforcing policies on equal pay for equal work, paid family leave, strong protections against sexual harassment, and access to reproductive care. Christina supports the right to abortion and understands that laws banning abortion will negatively impact our national and local economy. As Labor Commissioner she'll make sure that gender, age, sexual orientation, family status, or barriers to health don't impact a person's ability to get a good job, earn a good wage, get a promotion, or open their business in Oregon.
Oregonians all across the state need good jobs, strong workplace protections, and support for small businesses. Christina is committed to understanding and meeting the unique needs of rural Oregon by investing in apprenticeships throughout the state and enhancing job training in fields that drive local, rural economies. As Labor Commissioner, she'll work to make sure that pathways to family wage jobs are available in all of our communities.
Christina has spent her career fighting for fair workplaces for all Oregonians. She knows that Oregonians, especially LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous and other People of Color can experience discrimination in many places, including in the workplace. She understands the unique risks and challenges that protected communities face at work, in housing, and in public spaces. As Labor Commissioner, Christina will continue fighting against discrimination and harrassment in all of its forms.