Meet Volunteer Advocate Christy Rome

Jun 01 2012

By Callie Langford, Originally published in TODO Austin Magazine

Christy Rome grew up near Houston but ended up in Austin after taking part in legislative advocacy around financial aid during college at Baylor where she earned both her Bachelors and her Masters. “I merged my love of education and politics here in Austin,” she shares. Christy was until recently the Director of Intergovernmental Relations for Austin Independent School District, and will soon be the Executive Director for the Texas School Coalition, advocating for funding on behalf of school districts.

Christy has been a foster parent for 3 youth and says that her experience fostering brought her to ultimately volunteer with CASA. “The girls I fostered had a wonderful CASA volunteer, so when it was time to take a break from fostering, I knew as a volunteer I could continue to help children and families in the system.”

Christy finds it incredibly rewarding to see a family reunited. “That’s the way it’s supposed to be. You want kids to be with their parents if that’s possible and if it’s best for them.” Christy has also served as a foster liaison for AISD, helping both CPS and CASA navigate the school system.

When not working, fostering or volunteering, Christy loves doing work for her church, writing, photography and employing her planning personality to coordinate friends’ trips to Disney World, sharing that she gets to “vacation through others, and it’s a lot cheaper that way!”