Dr. Christen Rexing, PhD, MPH is running for Township Council in Upper Providence District 3 to help build a more fiscally equitable, accessible, and inclusive government that serves all of its community members. Christen sees an opportunity for Township Council to better engage constituents, especially younger and more diverse voices, and believes that in doing so, the local government will become stronger and more accountable to those it is designed to serve.
Christen grew up in Lansdowne and returned to Delaware County after college with her husband, Pat, where they are raising their children, Connor and Charlotte near family. She moved to Upper Providence in 2015, and immediately set to work meeting neighbors and getting involved. You may have seen Christen working at the polls, canvassing in her neighborhood or being walked around town by her rescue dog, Kona.
Dr. Rexing received a Bachelors, Masters in Public Health, and PhD from Temple University, she is currently faculty at La Salle University. She is an advocate at local, state, and national-levels for evidence-based policy solutions. Christen’s research focuses on public health policy development, adoption, and evaluation. She serves on the Steering Committee for the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Public Health and Preventative Medicine Section, as well as the co-chair of Advocacy & Policy Committee for the Society for Advancement of Injury and Violence Research (SAVIR). She is also a member of La Salle Votes, the Injury and Violence Prevention Network, and Code Red Gun Violence Policy Working Group.
She is committed to bringing accountability and accessibility to local government, especially regarding issues of fiscal accountability. She would like to see a budget that moves from subsistence to growth, and will bring her expertise in working alongside various stakeholders through tough decision-making processes to get this done. Active listening and innovative thinking in resource-constrained scenarios are hallmarks of her career working as a faculty member, board member, and public health advocate.
As a self-professed extrovert who loves to engage with others, Christen wants everyone to feel welcomed, whether that's in her community, her classrooms, the board rooms where she serves, or in her role as a public servant. By inviting new voices to the conversation and engaging a broader spectrum of stakeholders from the community, Christen will bring a new vision to Township Council, of a community that values accessibility, inclusivity, and sustainability. As a Council Member, Christen’s priorities will include environmental sustainability, creative use of green space, walkable streets, and equitable and inclusive opportunities for all community members.