Raised in Colorado, Christie attended the University of Kansas to earn her Bachelor of Science degree and, later while working for Johnson & Johnson, she continued to advance her education by obtaining her MBA degree at Regis University in Denver. She worked in the medical device and biotechnology industries until having the first of two children.
Wanting to raise their budding family in a city that would provide them a place to flourish, Christie and her husband, Tom, moved to Sammamish from Kirkland. They yearned for a city that felt like "home", something more like what they had when growing up themselves. Sammamish fit that bill with its lush landscape, vibrant residents, and award winning schools.
Christie has spent the last years on the Council working hard to create more transparency, open up communication channels between the city and residents, and transportation projects. She has served as Chairman of the Communications Committee, Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee, the Health and Human Services Committee, the Public Safety Committee, and on the Public Issues Committee (PIC) of Sound Cities Association (SCA).
Young to old, we all deserve to have the best leadership representing our diverse city to ensure we can build this community together, so we all can enjoy it together.
Christie has resided in the Pacific Northwest for 18 years, with the last eight being in Sammamish. Christie is married to Tom Malchow, a former US Olympic medalist in swimming. They have two young daughters and a large puppy.
She is an active member of Citizens for Sammamish, and was a participating team member for the YES vote for the Initiative/Referendum special election in 2015. She participated in the Issaquah School District 2016 Bond Feasibility Committee. Christie dedicates volunteer hours to the non-profit organization Keeping K9s in Kevlar, which raises funds to vest police K9 dogs with kevlar vests. Christie has also been a member of the Sammamish Rotary Club.
Christie is a very involved mother, and, while she currently has a role in their family business, she focuses on balancing Council meetings with residents, stakeholders, and committee work during the time her girls are in school.. She is an avid runner having competed in several marathons, and is a former triathlete, but she's taking a pause on running after an injury last fall. She enjoys cycling, swimming, and exploring all of our city's trails and neighborhoods alongside the family dog, Murphy.
She is seeking a second term on the Council to continue the work she started: managed growth, infrastructure that keeps pace with the growth, fiscally sound decisions, environmental considerations in all we do, keeping an ear for the residents of Sammamish, and making sure Sammamish is a great place to live, work and play.