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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

Santa Barbara CountyCandidate for Supervisor, Supervisorial District 1

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Jennifer Christensen

Santa Barbara County Chief Investment Officer
7,391 votes (40.74%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Diversify our water supply.
  • Provide strong fiscal management and safeguard essential community services
  • Protect our environment and community from over-development.



Profession:Santa Barbara County Chief Investment Officer
Chief Investment Officer, Santa Barbara County (2001–current)
Director, Santa Barbara County Employee Retirement Systems Board — Elected position (2013–current)
Commissioner, City of Santa Barbara Police and Fire Commission — Appointed position (2012–current)


University of Southern California (USC) Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Business, Finance (1997)
University of Southern California (USC) Juris Doctor (J.D), Law (1997)
University of California, Los Angeles Bachelor's Degree, HIstory (1994)


I currently serve as the County Investment Officer and manage a billion-dollar portfolio for the county, schools and special districts. In almost 15 years as a public servant, I’ve worked with, negotiated for, or counseled every department in the county. I’ve achieved professional success both as an attorney and finance professional, and I’ve learned many valuable lessons over the course of my career.

I know what it takes to make our government more accountable, efficient, and disciplined. I will ensure that our children, grandchildren, and their children after them have the tools for success and the ability to succeed – and not the legacy of debt that we are leaving them now.

I want to create a county government that protects its taxpayers, works for its families, and makes decisions to benefit those it represents.

Like you, I have watched our Board of Supervisors make both good and bad decisions over the past several years. More often than not, the county’s failures resulted from our elected officials failing to make pragmatic decisions that ensure our long-term success.

It is a great trust that is placed in any elected official who represents our wonderful community. It is a trust that requires respect for the citizenry, humility as a public servant, and is honored by understanding that county government is based on the premise that the people of this county do not yield their sovereignty to the elected officials who serve them. As a supervisor, I will honor this public trust.


Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Sheila Lodge, former Mayor of Santa Barbara
  • Mike Ledbetter, former Mayor of Carpinteria
  • Randy Rowse, Council member, City of Santa Barbara

Organizations (1)

  • Santa Barbara County Deputy Sheriffs Association

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Politically independent, committed non-partisan. 

I believe in working together to solve the issues we face as a county. Partisan politics and partisanship should have no role in this discussion. If we want to do what's best for our community, ensure our economic vitality, and provide opportunities for our youth, and esssential services to those most in need, we need to set aside partisanship and work together.

That is my political philosophy, and my problem-solving approach. Serve this community, build consensus, work together, and leave partisanship at the door. 

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