Christy Smith, a 36-year resident of Santa Clarita and a dedicated public servant, understands the unique issues facing the 38th Assembly District. She is currently serving her second term as a Governing Board Member of the highly successful Newhall School District.
A graduate of Hart High School, Christy attended College of the Canyons and graduated with honors from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science. After graduating, Christy started her career in public service as an analyst at the U.S. Department of Education, where she worked on key national education initiatives including: Safe and Drug Free Schools, School to Work, Parent Involvement in Education, and education research for the Department through the Asia Pacific Economic Consortium.
Christy eventually returned to California with her husband to raise their family. While raising their two daughters, Christy has been very active in local education, serving as a PTA and site council member before being elected to the Newhall School Board in 2009, where she currently serves as President.
Christy is proven community leader. She served as chair of the successful Measure E Prop 39 bond campaign for the Newhall District, which has provided $60 million in resources for facility and technology upgrades. She also currently co-chairs "Raising the Curtain" a capital campaign to refurbish the historic Newhall Elementary Auditorium to make it a performing arts resource for the community.
Christy understands that education is the key to prosperity for citizens and businesses alike. In addition to her activism for local education, she is also a prominent education advocate statewide, serving as the Legislative Vice President of the Santa Clarita Valley Trustees Association and as a delegate to the California School Board Association.
Through her extensive advocacy work, Christy has been engaged in public policy issues impacting California families including; economic security, sound public budgeting, health and welfare, and private-public partnerships.
A well-respected public servant, Christy garnered 62.5% of the vote in her 2011 municipal election, making her the highest performing candidate in the community in that cycle. She also ran for AD 38 in 2016 and secured the highest share of votes in the primary with 45% of the vote.
Christy lives in Santa Clarita with Phil, her husband of 26 years and their two girls.