As GSBA's newly hired Business Development Manager - Capitol Hill Specialist, Christina Arrington (she/her) focuses her efforts on growing the engagement, development, and advocacy opportunities available to Capitol Hill's businesses and nonprofits through the Capitol Hill Business Alliance (CHBA), Capitol Hill's neighborhood chamber. She’s excited to join the GSBA’s ongoing efforts to support and strengthen the economic vitality of the local business community.
Originally hailing from Southern Oregon, Christina attended Santa Clara University for her undergraduate degree where she studied Political Science and Gender Studies. She then received her Master’s in Women’s Studies (with an emphasis in queer theory) from San Diego State University. During that time Christina co-directed the National LGBT Conference for Jesuit Universities at SCU, helped establish a Safe Zones program at SDSU, and coordinated educational panels and drag shows.
After graduate school, Christina embarked on a two-year travel adventure that entailed exploring the U.S. in a motorhome, housesitting through Europe, and slow-traveling in Southeast Asia. In addition to working remotely for a web development consultancy, she also developed (and ultimately sold) a travel blog documenting her experiences.
In 2013, Christina settled in Seattle and began working at Solid Ground in the fundraising department, managing the nonprofit's events and sponsorships. It was there she discovered the work of GSBA, and began volunteering at and attending GSBA's Womxn on Top and Young Professional with Pride events. Following her role at Solid Ground, Christina set out on the path of self-employment by founding a small business focused on brand storytelling and strategic content creation.
With professional expertise in operations, advocacy, and marketing, Christina is eager to bring her myriad skills to the table as she works to fulfill the GSBA mission and support Seattle's liveliest neighborhood through the CHBA. As a former Capitol Hill resident, Christina feels a strong connection to the neighborhood and remains invested in the vibrancy of this community. She believes cities and neighborhoods develop their own unique personalities, and is grateful Capitol Hill has maintained its character even as the area has experienced substantial transformation.
Christina’s non-work passions include mycology, helping her rescue puppy adjust to the world, and building relationships with her cadre of wonderful niblings (nieces and nephews).