Meet Christina Hartman
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Christina Hartman is a non-profit leader and global advocate for democracy, fair elections, and government accountability. Christina has worked for nearly 20 years as a senior non-profit leader where she has managed the operations, finance, human resources, governance, fundraising, multi-million dollar federally-funded programs and advocacy of several high-profile non-profits, including Freedom House, the National Democratic Institute, and the Joyful Heart Foundation, and their affiliate offices in more than 15 countries.
Proud Pennsylvania Roots
Raised in Lancaster County, Christina is proud of her Pennsylvania roots. Her mother, Julia, is a first grade teacher at Sacred Heart School, and her dad, Bob, worked as a store manager. Her grandparents were small business owners who taught Christina the value of hard work, volunteering, and the benefit that entrepreneurship brings to a community.
Christina took what Lancaster taught her about community and democracy and shared that with others worldwide through her work on government accountability, election protection, and advocacy. Christina has worked to advance the rights of all citizens in some of the world’s most challenging dictatorships, including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Sudan, where she has trained and supported ordinary people to believe in themselves, organize, and advocate to their governments for change and to hold these governments accountable.
Career in Community Advocacy
Tired of watching her own government not responding to the needs of its citizens, Christina left full-time international work in 2012 and began charting a path for an eventual run for U.S. Congress in Lancaster. In 2016 and 2018, Christina ran in Pennsylvania’s former 16th district, a district that Obama had won, but had been written-off by the national Democrats as “too red to win.” Christina’s intimate understanding of her home community combined with her years of global political analysis and organizing experience led her to believe that this overlooked Congressional seat was winnable– and her 2016 campaign, which gained national attention, proved that.
Christina has channeled her domestic experience in politics back into the international arena and has trained more than 100 women candidates in Liberia and Ukraine on fundraising and communications. Most recently, Christina was part of an international observation mission for Ukraine’s 2019 Presidential election to ensure the integrity of the vote and use international presence to deter violence.