Christiana Mercer Rigby's family moved to Columbia in the 1970’s, following the vision of Jim Rouse, and settling into the villages of Owen Brown and Kings Contrivance. After graduating from Hammond HS and UMBC, she started her career as a community organizer, giving communities a voice in government. Christiana returned to start her family in Howard County and she has served our area as a tireless advocate through her roles as Vice Chair of the Kings Contrivance Village Board, a member of the Economic Resource Allocation Committee under Howard County’s Board to Promote Self-Sufficiency board member to Howard Ecoworks, and founder of the Howard County Women’s Democratic Alliance.
Christiana’s professional life has been dedicated to public service. She has spent over a decade working in the government and nonprofit sectors with organizations such as the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Public Interest Research Group (PIRGS), Alice Ferguson Foundation, and United Way of Central Maryland.
Her highest priority is to create and expand opportunities for all residents. She is a strong supporter of our public education system and believes all children should receive a quality education. Christiana will work to ensure safe and inclusive neighborhoods that provide people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities a welcoming place to call home. Within District 3, she will work with our communities and focus on increasing investment and revitalization in our older neighborhoods. Christiana is deeply committed to continuing to serve our residents and will steward their issues and concerns.
In 2018, Christiana was elected to represent District 3 on the Howard County Council, which includes the Villages of Owen Brown and Kings Contrivance, as well as communities in North Laurel, Savage, and Jessup. At the Council’s first legislative meeting, Christiana was nominated to serve as the Chair of the County Council, responsible for guiding the body through its first year in office. She is the youngest woman to serve as Chair of the Howard County Council.