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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections

Candidato para Miembre de Junta

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Michael Christensen

8,166 votos (26.97%)Winning
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Mis 3 prioridades principales

  • School Safety
  • Financial Strength
  • Student Achievement



Profesión:Registered Professional Civil Engineer
Senior Executive Lead, Supply Chain Optimization, Port of Long Beach (2015–current)
Voting Member, Railroad Shippers Transportation Advisory Council, U.S. Surface Transportation Board, Washington, D.C. — Cargo designado (2013–current)
Board Member, Board of Education, Redondo Beach Unified School District — Cargo elegido (2013–2017)
Deputy Executive Director, Port of Los Angeles (2006–2015)
Member, Bond Oversight Committee, Measure "C", Redondo Beach Unified School District — Cargo designado (2009–2013)
Vice President, Parsons Transportation Group (1997–2006)


Harvard Kennedy School of Government Certificate of Executive Education, Senior Executives in State and Local Government (2012)
Arizona State University Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Civil Engineering (1976)

Actividades comunitarias

Former Scoutmaster, Troop Committee Chair, and current Asst. Scoutmaster, Boy Scouts of America (1989–current)
Soccer Referee, AYSO, Region 17 (2005–current)







Current Elected Position (Part-Time):


Member of the Board of Education, Redondo Beach Unified School District


Full-Time Professional Position:


Senior Executive for Supply Chain Optimization, Port of Long Beach, California




          Michael Christensen is an elected member of the Board of Education of the Redondo Beach Unified School District, having been elected in March, 2013.  He served as Vice President of the Board April 2014 through April 2015 and as President April 2015 through April 2016.  Michael is also engaged in governmental advocacy in both Sacramento and Washington, D.C.  Prior to his election to the Board of Education Michael served two terms (four years) on the Measure “C” Bond Oversight Committee, helping oversee the District’s highly successful $125 school bond measure.


Michael’s full-time position is Senior Executive for Supply Chain Optimization for the Port of Long Beach, California, reporting directly to Chief Executive Jon Slangerup. He was named to the newly created position in February 2015 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners and is responsible for working collaboratively with Harbor Department staff and industry stakeholders to find new ways to increase communication and cooperation among the links of the supply chain to enhance cargo flow.


          Mr. Christensen is a transportation professional with more than 40 years of experience in both public- and private-sector planning, goods movement, operations, governmental affairs and project management on a wide variety of transportation projects.  Most recently he was second in command as Deputy Executive Director at the neighboring Port of Los Angeles and head of their Development Bureau where he oversaw the Engineering, Environmental, Goods Movement and Construction Divisions; managed the Board of Harbor Commissioners’ office; and was liaison with numerous outside transportation and governmental agencies.  While at the Port of Los Angeles, teams under his leadership delivered over $1 Billion in capital improvements on-time and on-budget; completed seven comprehensive capital project environmental reviews; began construction of the Port’s first automated container terminal; secured over $200 million in transportation project grant funding; established the Port’s Energy Management Action Plan; and helped launch a ground-breaking port community mitigation trust fund.


          Before joining the Port of Los Angeles in 2006, Mr. Christensen served as Vice President at Parsons Transportation Group in Irvine, California, where he was responsible for a broad range of local, regional and national goods movement, planning, port and rail projects.  During his time at Parsons he also served as construction joint venture Deputy Project Manager for the highly-successful Alameda Corridor Mid-Corridor Trench Design-Build Project.  Previous to his Parsons assignments, he served as Vice President and Managing Principal for Nolte and Associates and as President of Summit/Lynch Consulting Engineers, both transportation consulting firms in Walnut Creek, California.


          Mr. Christensen’s career has also included 16 years of service to the Southern Pacific Railroad where he held posts at eight different locations throughout the railroad’s 13-state system.  His various positions included Roadmaster, Construction Superintendent, Project Manager, Division Engineer, Assistant Chief Engineer for Design and Construction, and Chief Environmental Affairs Officer.  As Project Manager on loan to the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, he led Southern Pacific’s construction team in the successful delivery of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility, the first port-oriented railroad intermodal terminal of its kind in the in the United States.


          Mr. Christensen earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Arizona State University and a certificate in Executive Education from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.  A third-generation civil engineer, he is a registered professional engineer in California and nine other western states and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association. 


Mr. Christensen was an Alternate Board Member and Operating Committee Member of the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority and served as chair of the California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference.  He is currently serving on the board of the METRANS Urban Transportation Center, is an alternate member of the Intermodal Container Transfer Facility Joint Powers Board of Directors, is a member of the California Freight Advisory Committee, and is a member of the curriculum advisory committee for the College of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at California State University Long Beach.  He is also a Federally-appointed member of the Surface Transportation Board’s Railroad-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council representing the port industry at-large as part of this Congressionally-mandated committee.  Michael has twice given formal testimony before the U.S. Congress on transportation-related issues.


          Mr. and Mrs. Christensen and their children make their home in Redondo Beach, California.  When not involved in his duties as an elected member of the Redondo Beach Unified School District Board of Education, he spends time as a youth soccer league referee, a Boy Scout leader, and a church volunteer.








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Michael Christensen

Candidate Statement and Philosophy 

     We live in one of the best communities in California, in large part because of the quality of our schools.  In my eighteen years as a Redondo Beach resident I have worked hard to help make this happen.  Three of my children are attending RBUSD schools, so I have a personal stake in seeing improvements continue.  During my first term as a school board member, the District accomplished much, first and foremost, keeping our students and employees safe...our number one priority!  We also provided:  stable leadership; improved test scores; great relationships and agreements with our labor partners; on-budget delivery of our bond-funded improvements; enhanced financial reserves; and dozens of State and National recognitions. 

    Our focus on the "Whole Child" is a key element of our philosphy.  As evident of this committment, our partnership with the Beach Cities Health District has resulted in healthier students with obesity rates falling from 20% to 7%. 

     Despite these accomplishments, we still have much to do.  Safety in a dangerous world remains our top priority, and we will continue to do all we can to enhance the protection of our schools, students, and staff.  We need to continue to strengthen our financial condition, in preparation for the next economic downturn; improve the performance and accountability of our team; enhance the effectiveness of our instruction; and safeguard our students. 

   I ask for your vote so I can continue to improve our District for the sake of our children and our community.




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