About Jennifer Christensen
Jennifer Christensen is currently the Santa Barbara County Investment Officer, managing a billion dollar portfolio for the county, public schools and special districts. In this capacity, Jennifer develops and executes financial and risk management strategies. She is a highly regarded and proven public finance professional.
A fifth generation Californian, Jennifer earned her BA from UCLA, and her Juris Doctorate and MBA from USC. She began her career in public service with the Office of County Counsel as a municipal finance attorney, providing legal support to the Board of Supervisors as well as most county departments including Public Works, Sheriff, General Services and the Clerk-Recorder-Assessor.
She’s managed high profile county projects pertaining to land use and housing, and for six years also served as a Division Chief for the County Auditor-Controller. In fact, there is not a single aspect of governance that Jennifer has not touched in almost a decade and a half with the county. She understands how the county works, knows its budget, how it’s financed, where the money is, and how years of board decisions have contributed to wasteful spending and accumulated liabilities.
Also serving as the Chair of the Santa Barbara County Employees’ Retirement System as an elected member of the board, Jennifer’s expertise in law and public pension funding equip her uniquely to confront and address the critical issue of pension sustainability.
Jennifer is running for First District Supervisor to bring a pragmatic and independent voice to the policymaking process and restore fiscal discipline to the county budget and financial planning process. She is committed to managing the county strategically, building and safeguarding our reserves, supporting economic vitality consistent with Santa Barbara’s values, and protecting our environment and natural resources as well as our social safety net.
Jennifer is 43 years old and has been married to a Santa Barbara native and retired deputy sheriff for 10 years. They live in Santa Barbara.