MEET CHRISTA The First Lady of Prince George's County
Over the span of three decades serving in legislative, judicial, private and public positions, Christa L. Beverly has been a trail blazer and a tireless advocate for justice and education. Born into a military family in Sussen, Germany in 1960, Christa vigorously pursued her education and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Journalism and Political Science from Howard University. Christa went on to study at the Marshall Wythe School of Law at The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia and was awarded her Juris Doctorate.
After finishing law school, Christa went on to work in Richmond, Virginia as an Assistant Director for the Virginia Coalition on Jails and Prisons. Driven by her dedication to justice (and to ending the death penalty), Christa worked to provide assistance to death row inmates and their attorneys during the trial and appellate process. While in Virginia, Christa also served as a law clerk for a private firm in Kilmarnock.
After relocating to the Washington DC area, Christa took her career to the national level, serving as the Senior Congressional Fellow for the United States House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on Criminal Justice. In 1988, she became Assistant Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of the National Capital area. Her responsibilities included pursuing the legislative agenda for local ACLU affiliates, as well as participating in roundtable discussions on civil liberties and other topics of concern.
In 1990, Christa brought her senior level management skills and experience to the position of Senior Legislative Assistant to Congressman William Gray, Majority Whip to the United States House of Representatives. She was a key advisor to the Congressman on housing and community development, business, commerce, labor, substance abuse and the education of disadvantaged students. Christa’s legislative career continued to progress when she was recruited to be the Senior Legislative Assistant for Congressman Louis Stokes. For several years, she served as an advisor on foreign affairs, taxes, business and commerce, telecommunications and trade issues.
From 1992 to 1996, Christa continued her service as the Director of Government Affairs for the United Negro College Fund, where she advocated for increased federal funding for underprivileged students. In 1999, she continued her fight for education as a Government Relations Specialist Consultant for Bowie State University.
In 2001, Christa brought her expertise and commitment to public service to the non-profit sector. As Special Assistant to the Executive Director for the People’s Involvement Corporation, she ran the Community Outreach Office and Neighborhood Development Office. In 2002, Christa became the Associate Director of Federal Relations for the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, where she advocated on behalf of 118 black colleges and universities. From 2005 to 2006, Christa continued her support for higher education as Director of Government Affairs for the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund.
Throughout her career, Christa has worked tirelessly to ensure that people have access to education. She continues that work as a volunteer for in her community. For several years, Christa has served on the Landover Educational Athletic Recreational Non-profit (LEARN) as an active member of the scholarship committee. The Foundation supports students in the Washington Redskins’ stadium impact area of Prince George’s County by providing scholarships and academic achievement awards. Christa is also a member of the Visual and Performing Arts Parent Boosters for Suitland High School and continues to be involved in community service activities with her sisters in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Christa, whose career in public service has been both passionate and distinguished, counts her family as her proudest accomplishment. She is the mother of three beautiful children, and the wife and best-friend of Prince George’s County’s new County Executive. As a full time mom, advocate, volunteer, and loving wife, Christa is a dedicated member of the Prince George’s County community.
Rushern L. Baker, III on October 14, 2012
Rushern L. Baker, III on September 18, 2012
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