City of Philadelphia
Christine Knapp was appointed as the Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia under Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration in January of 2016. Previously, Knapp was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs for the Philadelphia Water Department, where she served as the main liaison to City Council and engaged numerous external stakeholders, particularly in green stormwater infrastructure implementation. Over the past dozen years, Christine has been at the heart of Philadelphia’s sustainability efforts, including as Director of Outreach for PennFuture where she founded the Next Great City initiative to enact a common sense, cost-effective sustainability policy agenda for Philadelphia. She also worked on local air pollution issues stemming from the South Philadelphia Sunoco refinery and advocated for improvements to Philadelphia’s lagging recycling program while at Clean Water Action. Knapp has won the Florence Neilson award for her work on the board of the Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia and the Special Recognition Award from PhilaPOSH for her work building alliances between the environmental and labor movements. Knapp serves as the Past President of the Passyunk Square Civic Association, was a 2010 Center for Progressive Leadership Political Fellow, and has been recognized by Leadership Philadelphia as one of 101 “emerging connectors”. She serves on the boards of PennFuture and the Citizen’s Planning Institute, and on the editorial board of Flying Kite. Knapp graduated cum laude from Villanova University in 2001 with bachelor degrees in Political Science and Communications.