Christopher will be a voice for equality in the California Legislature
Chris Ward was elected to the San Diego City Council in 2016 and has fought for solutions for homelessness and affordable housing, public safety for the needs of the trans & non-binary community, environmental protection, and inclusive economic strategies for all communities. He authored San Diego’s Equal Pay Ordinance, and Styrofoam Ban, and was appointed Chair of the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless where he has identified and implemented best practices to reform responses to the homelessness crisis. As Chair of San Diego’s Economic Development and Intergovernmental Relations Committee, he has focused on developing mechanisms to support local business and help create good paying jobs.
Prior to being elected to office, Chris served for eight years as a state legislative Chief of Staff and would bring practical experience to connect the region’s needs with solutions at the state. He was previously an environmental planner and researcher, and volunteered his time on the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation and San Diego LGBT Center Boards of Directors, the San Diego Community College District’s Citizens Oversight Committee, and his community planning group. Chris earned a B.A. at Johns Hopkins University, and a Masters in Public Policy and Urban Planning at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He and his partner are proud fathers of two young children.