Christine Young '97 receives Distinguished Alumni Award
At Second Baptist School back in 1997, we all knew Christine Young would be changing the world some day. We did not know which institution or federal agency she would be leading in 25 years, but we knew her indomitable spirit would not settle for a lesser challenge. While at SBS Christine certainly excelled in her academics and graduated at the top of her class. But she is most often remembered for overcoming the removal of two brain tumors. During high school after her second surgery, she was forced to spend the summer months relearning how to walk and write. Frail, walking cautiously, and writing with her left hand, she was in class the first day of school that fall with her usual load of all the honors and AP classes SBS offered. However, Christine didn’t stop there, she also tap-danced every spring for the school musical.
Christine attended Duke University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, women’s studies, and religion. Fluent in both French and Russian, she was a natural to work for our nation’s defense, and began her career as a research associate at the Institute of Defense Analyses. While at the IDA, she worked on the Iraqi Perspectives Project, which used documents captured during Operation Iraqi Freedom to analyze Saddam Hussein’s regime. After completing a master’s degree in security studies at the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service in 2005, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency.
During her tenure at the CIA, she spent a year serving as the Senior Advisor to the White House Coordinator for Defense Policy, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction, and Arms Control where she worked on issues such as nuclear proliferation, defense planning, and responding to and preventing sexual assault in the U.S. military. In addition to her work at the CIA, she also volunteers with the Junior League of Northern Virginia, at the Arlandria Community Health Center, and the Katherine Hanley Family Shelter in Fairfax.
Congratulations, Christine! We were thrilled to recognize you as this year’s Distinguished Alumna!