Christina Shea was first elected to the Irvine City Council in 1992 in a landslide victory. She is passionate about serving her community and was elected Irvine Mayor in 1996 and re-elected in 1998. In 2002, Christina returned to the Irvine City Council and served as a Councilmember until 2010. In 2012, she was once again elected to the City Council where she continues to serve. Most recently, in 2017, she was nominated and chosen as Mayor Pro Tem.
In addition to her Council duties, she is a member of the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) Liaison Committee, a Board member of the Director of the Transportation Corridor Agencies, and the Board member of the Irvine Community Land Trust. In the past, she has served as Chairwoman of the Orange County Great Park Board of Directors, Chair of the Task Force to Review Housing Needs of the Developmentally Disabled, the Chairwoman of the Ad Hoc Veterans Affordable Housing Committee, and on the Ad Hoc Great Park Forensic Audit Committee, the Board of the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, and the Orange County Sanitation District. She currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Transportation Corridor Agencies working for OC Transportation and mobility solutions.
She has been named one of Orange County’s “Leaders of the Year” by the California Women’s Leadership Association and featured as one of the “Most Influential Women in Orange County” by the Orange County Metro Magazine. In 2008, she was recognized by Assemblyman Chuck DeVore to be the Woman of the Year for the 70th Assembly District.
Mayor Pro Tem Shea brought forward a proposal to make Irvine one of the first cities in the U.S. to use only organic pesticide abatement practices in our local parks, green belts and open space, and recently she championed the development of an Orange County Veteran’s Cemetery at the former MCAS at El Toro military base.
She has always been a strong supporter of local law enforcement and has seen the City of Irvine reap the rewards, being named for 11 consecutive years, as America’s Safest City among cities with a population of more than 100,000 people.
Dedicated to sound fiscal responsibility for both the present and the future, Christina supports privatization and opposes municipal tax increases. During her years as Mayor, she helped streamline Irvine’s municipal services saving taxpayer dollars and creating greater efficiencies.
Additionally, Mayor Pro Tem Shea has served with numerous volunteer organizations, including the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, the Board of Directors for the Irvine Child Care Project, the Advisory Board and past Capital Campaign Director for Human Options.
Ms. Shea has been a resident of Irvine since 1977 and currently lives in Quail Hill. Apart from her many civic duties, she is an independent business consultant and realtor.