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September 11, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Christina Hartman is a non-profit leader and global advocate for democracy, fair elections, and women’s rights. Christina has worked as a senior manager at non-profits for more than 15 years. From start-ups, to organizations that need to become sustainable, to turn-arounds, she has managed the operations, finance, human resources, governance, fundraising, programs and advocacy of several high-profile non-profits, including Freedom House, the National Democratic Institute chaired by Madeleine Albright, and the Joyful Heart Foundation, and their affiliate offices in more than 15 countries.
Raised in Lancaster County, Christina took what Lancaster taught her about community and government accountability and shared that with others worldwide through her work in democracy and human rights. She 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 to account.
Christina has also spent time protecting the right of people around the world to have their voice heard through the ballot box and training activists to do the same. She has worked on voter education and election monitoring programs in Sudan, South Sudan, Afghanistan, and South Africa. 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. To ensure the same rights for citizens here in PA, Christina is an active Board Member for Common Cause PA.
Tired of watching her own government not responding to the needs of its citizens, Christina left international work in 2012 to walk the democracy talk. In 2016 and 2018, Christina ran for U.S. Congress in Pennsylvania’s former 16th district.
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, and serves on the board of Global Gain, which seeks to empower women in leadership worldwide. She currently works as a consultant from her home in Lancaster.