Christine joined the City of Folsom as Communications Manager in January 2015 with nearly 15 years of experience in public information, public relations and journalism. She is responsible for managing a comprehensive communications program including news media relations, public information, community relations and advertising.
Brainerd comes to Folsom from the City of Elk Grove, where she served as the Public Affairs Manager and Public Information Officer for nearly nine years. Her duties included serving as the primary media spokesperson and community liaison for Elk Grove.
Prior to working at the City of Elk Grove, Christine worked at two Sacramento public relations firms, where she managed national and statewide social marketing programs and public relations campaigns. Christine’s career started in journalism. She has written for a weekly newspaper and worked on the assignment desk at KTXL-TV FOX-40 News.
A communications graduate from California State University, Sacramento, Christine received an accreditation in public relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America, Universal Accreditation Board. She is the Northern California Director of the California Association of Public Information Officials, and a recipient of numerous awards from regional, state and national professional organizations.
Christine holds a Bachelor’s Degree in communications studies with an emphasis in public relations from California State University, Sacramento. She recently received an accreditation in public relations (APR) from the Public Relations Society of America, Universal Accreditation Board.
Christine lives in Folsom with her husband Sean, daughter Emily and son Gavin.