Christine Long joined Metropolitan Ministries in 1993 as a transition counselor and was promoted to Chief Programs Officer 2014. During her 23 years at the Ministries, Christine has provided key leadership for the Programs team and is responsible for ensuring the program’s compassion, innovation, and continuous improvement by responding effectively and proactively to the changes in the community. Christine manages a $7.3 million budget for program services and has oversight of some 60 employees and hundreds of volunteers that offer services to the homeless and at-risk individuals in the Tampa Bay region.
She serves on the Board for the Florida Housing Coalition and has been a active member of the Florida, Hillsborough and Pasco County Homeless Coalitions serving in many capacities, including the Board of Directors for 6 years, Secretary on the Executive Committee and chairing several committees and sub-committees throughout the years. Christine serves on the Hillsborough County Emergency Food and Shelter Board, the inaugural board of Tampa Bay Area Network to End Hunger, is a member of Humana Bold Gold Health Advisory Board and Hillsborough Community College Advisory Board. Long earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of South Florida and a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University. Christine and her husband Jerry reside in the Apollo Beach area.