Over the past three decades Mr. Christenson has been professionally employed at 2 Centers for Independent Living (CIL), assisting persons with disabilities to be more independent and integrated in their community of choice, as well as advocating for a more accessible society.
For over 24 years he has been the Vice President of Community Integration for Ability360 in Phoenix, Arizona where he oversees 10 programs at one of the largest Centers for Independent Living nationwide with an operating budget of over $48 million this year. Prior to moving to Arizona, he was the Program Outreach Coordinator for nearly 12 years at the Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL) based in Rochester, Minnesota, opening 3 branch offices in rural MN.
Mr. Christenson was elected Treasurer for the National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) Board of Directors for 2017 – 2019, serving on the Board for a total 7 years. He also Co-Chaired the NCIL Housing Sub-Committee for 14 years, addressing national issues of increasing and promoting accessibility in all housing nationally.
Mr. Christenson earned a Masters’ of Science degree in Guidance & Counseling from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, as well as earning a double major in Psychology & Sociology from the University of Minnesota-Mankato.