Public Affairs Associate

Christine serves as a Public Affairs Associate at Friends of Cancer Research (Friends). Friends is an advocacy organization based in Washington, DC that drives collaboration among partners from every healthcare sector to power advances in science, policy, and regulation that speed life-saving treatments to patients.

At Friends, Christine contributes to the Public Affairs Team’s social media, email marketing, and advocacy initiatives. In this capacity, she collaborates with cross-functional teams, government officials, and researchers to develop and execute public affairs campaigns for media coverage and a broader reach for the organization’s key messages.

Before joining Friends, Christine gained valuable experience through her clinical work in emergency healthcare at the San Francisco Fire Department. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she streamlined patient support systems at Carbon Health, collaborating with local and federal governments to establish testing and vaccination sites across the country. Additionally, she delved into international journalism at JTBC, providing her with insights into policy, international relations, and the importance of transparent communication within communities.

Christine’s diverse experiences extended beyond healthcare. She served as a Social Media Manager at Global Climate Media, where she managed climate news content and focused on bridging the language gap with data-focused climate change education initiatives for Korean, Chinese, and American audiences. Furthermore, she actively engaged in grassroots organizing efforts for the 2020 CA Senate Candidate, Jackie Fielder, and central Californian farmers. During her time in San Francisco, Christine interned at the San Francisco Unified School District’s Nutrition Policy team. In this role, she contributed to reforming structures to enhance food and clean water accessibility while addressing the significant link between socioeconomic equity and health outcomes in San Francisco schools.

Christine’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Health Education and Promotion from San Francisco State University. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, specializing in Health Systems and Policy.