The Carlsbad Village Association is proud to announce that Christine Davis, the Executive Director for the association, has been selected as a 2021 Women of Impact Honoree for the 76th Assembly District.
This award through the California State Assembly was created by Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath to recognize women in the 76th District who stand out in their communities as innovators, leaders, and advocates. Nominations came from across the district, with individual submissions of women who have made significant impact to their communities in the areas of business/entrepreneurship, military service, education, civic engagement, advocacy, activism, health and human services, community service, arts and culture, and young leadership. Below are the names of all Honorees selected:
Impact in Business/Entrepreneurship
Impact to Military Community
Impact in Education
Impact in Civic Engagement
Impact in Advocacy
Impact in Activism
Impact in Health and Human Services
Impact in Community Service
Impact in Arts and Culture
Impact as a Young Leader
2021 Woman of the Year
Jacqueline “Kiki” Bispo
Christine Davis comes from a long line of entrepreneurs dating back to the 1920’s when her grandparents immigrated to the United States from Italy where they would come to own and operate an Italian delicatessen and market in Chicago.
Nearly a century later, Christine hung her own brick-and-mortar shingle in the heart of downtown Carlsbad after owning three home-based businesses. Her father continually fostered her entrepreneurial spirit as she saw him successfully own several different businesses of his own from an early age until he retired in his 80’s. Even her husband of 20 years has been a small business owner for almost his entire career.
(Christine Davis with volunteer, Colleen Margis, at the weekly State Street Farmers' Market. Photo courtesy of Taylor Mohr.)
Christine has always had a heart for small business. That is why becoming the Executive Director of the Carlsbad Village Business Association in 2019 made such sense. She was the association’s part-time Program Manager from May of 2015 prior to that while also running her shoe store, Coolest Shoes in California, in Carlsbad Village. In March 2019 she sold her business in order to work full time directing the Carlsbad Village Association.
“Being given the opportunity to support, promote, and lift up hundreds of small businesses in Carlsbad Village has been a true honor,” Christine said. “I know what it means to hire your first employee, expand a product line, weather economic downturns, negotiate with landlords, all while selling, promoting, branding, and, of course, building exceptional customer relationships. Being a small business owner is not for the faint of heart and I am passionate about doing everything I can to help them be successful.”
(l-r Lindsey, Christine, Michelle, and Heidi at the 3rd annual Heart of the Village Blood Drive.)
Christine has won both the Entrepreneur of the Year Award through the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce as well as their first ever Entrepreneur of the Decade award. She currently serves on the board of directors for Visit Carlsbad, the city’s destination marketing organization, and has since 2017. She is a member of the District Advisory Council on Jobs and the Economy started by Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner Horvath.
Christine graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Journalism. She was a newspaper writer and photographer for several San Diego publications including the San Diego Union Tribune, Today’s Local News, the Daily Californian, and others, before adding “business owner” to her list of accomplishments.
A virtual ceremony honoring the women leaders, volunteers, and professionals who shape North County will take place on March 26th at 10:00am. Please join the virtual event by registering at tinyurl.com/ad76-women-of-impact.