About Chris

Chris Roberts was elected to the Shoreline City Council in 2009, 2013, 2017, and 2021 and served as Mayor from 2016 to 2017. His term expires December 31, 2025.

Experienced Policy-Maker

Chris delivered in his promises to build a stronger community in Shoreline. He is a regional leader in land use policy and continues to push for increasing the supply of housing in the region while preserving the city's urban forest. He supported efforts to establish the Regional Crisis Response Agency provide consolidated and standardized regional mobile crisis response services. He also led efforts to make Shoreline a welcoming city for all.


Chris graduated from Willamette University in 2000 and earned a PhD from the University of Washington in 2012 in the field of public law.

Chris serves as a member of the National League of Cities Board of Directors and the Puget Sound Regional Council Executive Board. He is the vice chair of the Sound Cities Association Public Issues Committee, and is a member of the the NLC Race, Equity and Leadership Council. He previously served on the NLC Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Committee and the PSRC Growth Management Policy Board.

Chris is the Finance Chair for Democratic Municipal Officials and is the Chair of the 32nd District Democrats.

Before his election to the Council, Chris served as the Legislative Assistant to Oregon State Representative Bill Garrard. He currently teaches political science classes at North Seattle College.

Chris is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. With his wife Heather and their child, Chris resides in the Ballinger neighborhood.