This is a pivotal point for Clinton’s future and it requires a strong leader ready to take action. Christine Goupil is committed to realizing Clinton’s potential by making it the place to do business on the Shoreline. After years of fighting for long-term, sustainable growth as a two-term elected official on the Planning and Zoning Commission, Christine will build pride in our community by actively pursuing opportunities for sites including Old Morgan, Unilever, Stanley Bostitch, and Clinton’s downtown. She will lower taxes and fight for the vitality of Clinton by encouraging appropriate economic development while protecting our small town character.
Christine has distinguished herself as a public servant, volunteer, and advocate for the Town of Clinton. She is respected for her ability to communicate her passion and vision for the Town and to build the bi-partisan support necessary to move projects forward. She looks forward to working with both residents and business owners who want to create a more vibrant, positive, and proactive Clinton and make our town the jewel of the Shoreline.
Christine’s leadership skills were honed early in her career, when she held supervisory positions in project management, design, and marketing. Her project administration and team organizational skills, including managing Request for Information (RFI) and Request for Proposal (RFP) processes, led her to roles in a number of sectors including non-profit, development, accounting, and public relations. Christine worked for organizations including: The New York Botanical Garden, KPMG, ADSHEL/Clear Channel Communications and The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment.
At the Prince’s Foundation, led by H.R.H. Prince Charles of Great Britain, Christine worked with a highly qualified team of urban planners, architects and builders in conjunction with city officials to deliver master plans and community revitalization strategies around the world. Christine also has served on the Board of the New York City Parks Enforcement Mounted Auxiliary Unit and volunteered her time to many other charitable organizations. This experience strengthened Christine’s dedication to building strong communities.
Currently Christine is in her eighth year and second term representing the Democratic Party on the Clinton Planning and Zoning Commission. During her tenure on P&Z, Christine was Co-Chair of the Planning Committee, where she successfully led the creation of a new comprehensive Town Plan of Conservation and Development for Clinton. The Town Plan was generated through a five-year process of engaging residents, businesses, civic organizations, and all Town Boards and Commissions. As part of that process, in 2014, Christine organized and hosted a well-attended charrette to solicit input from the community at large on the future vision for Clinton. She also engaged the community on their vision for the rezoning of the Interchange Development Zone (the old Morgan site).
Continuing her commitment to finding innovative ways to move Clinton forward, Christine pursued a CT State Vibrant Communities Initiative grant to conduct a marketing and feasibility study for the Unilever property and surrounding historic properties. The First Selectman subsequently appointed her to the Steering Committee for the Action Plan for the Historic Unilever Property and District. The work of this Committee was completed in 2014, and its recommendations were incorporated into the Town Plan.
Christine also was active in the Route 1 Corridor Study which made recommendations for the corridor between Clinton and Old Saybrook. Christine additionally worked closely with Clinton’s Consultant Town Planner and the Lower Connecticut River Valley Council of Governments (River COG) regional planning agency on a grant application for a Route 81 Corridor Study, which was recently awarded to Clinton.
Since moving to Clinton in 2008, Christine has been dedicated to local and not-for-profit initiatives to improve people’s lives. Her leadership roles include forming the Clinton Housing Coalition, which advocates for solutions to Clinton’s housing challenges. Christine recently served as a panelist on the Partnership for Strong Communities IForum and at the Annual Conference of the Connecticut Housing Coalition to share her knowledge on community zoning and development.
Christine is a member of Clinton’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and is committed to improving the quality of Clinton’s public education system. She was an active member of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, a position to which she was appointed by the First Selectman. Through the Downtown Revitalization Plan, the Town of Clinton was able to obtain grants for a number of streetscaping improvements in the Downtown. Christine has been a member of the Democratic Town Committee (DTC) since 2008, and was one of the key organizers for Clinton’s participation in the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017.
With a Bachelors Degree from SUNY, Christine has actively continued her education at The University of West London and in courses at the Pace Law School in Land Use Leadership Training, UConn-CLEAR Land Use Academy, and with the Connecticut Council of Municipalities. Christine lives with her husband Alan Felgate, a Board member of the Clinton Land Conservation Trust, Vice-Chair of the Historic District Commission, and Founder & President of Clinton Sailing Club. Christine and Alan have two young boys and a dog.
Christine has spent years learning the governance of Clinton through tireless and passionate volunteer service, and looks forward to representing all of Clinton with ethics and honesty.