Christine Schanes, JD PhD, is the founder and director of the Center for Justice and Social Compassion (CJSC).

Christine is a consultant, public educator and writer/blogger for The Huffington Post and on issues of homelessness.  Her over sixty published articles can be found at

For over twenty-years as co-founder with her two children and director of the nationally recognized and award-winning Children Helping Poor and Homeless People (, Christine has been motivating, educating and involving government leaders, civic groups, churches, synagogues and schools in direct service through workshops and special programs.

CHPHP, a model educational outreach program based in Los Angeles, has been recognized and honored by Presidents G.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and G.H.W. Bush, U.S. Senator Diane Feinstein and the National Points of Light Foundation.

In recognition of her unique service through CHPHP, Christine has received commendations from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California State Senate and the City of Santa Monica, the USD Bishop Buddy Humanitarian Award and was named, “Woman of the Year” by the YWCA SM/WLA.

Having graduated cum laude from the University of San Diego with a B.A. in double majors of Political Science and Philosophy, Christine earned her Juris Doctor degree at American University Law School and then her doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.  Christine became involved with homelessness issues while a deputy attorney general for the Office of the Attorney General,  California Department of Justice.  She represented the Department of Health in constitutional law cases as state hospital programs were cut and the group homes intended to house the released patients were not built.

An active member of the California Bar Association, Christine is a licensed California attorney.