Christina Shea first began her business career as the Vice President of
Business Development for a family owned business - Auto Wash Consulting in 1990.
She transitioned into politics and served on the Irvine City Council from 1992 to 2000, then 2002 to 2010 and served as the directly elected Mayor of Irvine from 1996 to 2000.
Shea received awards and recognition for her leadership ability from several prominent organizations including; the California Women’s Leadership Association and Orange County Metro Magazine. She was recognized by former Assemblyman Chuck Devore as the 2008 Woman of the Year for the 70th Assembly District.
Shea demonstrates a hands on leadership style and strong commitment to sound fiscal management which has been her trademark in the past. She has historically opposed municipal tax increases, supports privatization where feasible and continues to have a goal of smaller and more efficient municipal government. During her years as Mayor, she helped streamline Irvine’s municipal services while still retaining the high quality of service. Shea provided leadership to a City Council who helped build Irvine into America’s Safest City.
Additional experience and expertise was gained through serving as the Council representative on the El Toro Reuse Planning Authority, on the Board of Directors for the Transportation Corridor Agencies and on the Board of Directors for the Orange County Sanitation District. Shea served as a member of the Orange County Great Park Board of Directors, a billion dollar corporate project, redesigning and redeveloping the base closure at El Toro Marine base.
Shea currently provides government relations and sales consulting for Kia Motors America, Hyundai Corporation, Phoenix Industries, Century 21 Professionals, and other business interests.
Shea has served on numerous volunteer organizations including; Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society and the Board of Directors for the Irvine Child Care Project. A strong advocate for domestic violence victims, Shea served as the Capital Campaign Director for the Advisory Board of Human Options.
As a committed Republican Party Member, Shea continues to serve as an appointed representative to the Orange County Central Committee.
Christina Shea has been a resident of Irvine since 1977 and currently lives in the village of Quail Hill.