Christina E. McDonald

Government Member

Christina E. McDonald is the Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs in the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In that role, McDonald advises Department leadership on legal issues associated with DHS rulemaking actions.  She also oversees the DHS regulatory process, coordinates DHS review and clearance of regulatory actions, and manages DHS-wide implementation of government-wide regulatory initiatives.

McDonald previously served as the Deputy, and as an attorney-advisor, in the Regulatory Affairs Law Division at DHS.  Prior to joining DHS, McDonald served as a trial attorney at the Federal Railroad Administration, where she worked on enforcement and regulatory matters related to the federal hazardous materials laws and railroad safety laws.  McDonald began her legal career as an honors attorney at the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

McDonald graduated, with distinction, from the Georgetown University Law Center with an LL.M in National Security Law.  She graduated, with honor, from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she served as an editor of the Law Review.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree in sociology, magna cum laude, from Franklin & Marshall College and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate.


  • Associate General Counsel for Regulatory Affairs, Department of Homeland Security


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