Christina Walsh


Director of Activism and Coalitions

Christina Walsh serves as the Institute for Justice’s Senior Director of Activism and Coalitions. Through her outreach efforts and grassroots organizing nationwide, she fights for property owners to keep what is rightfully theirs; parents to choose where their children go to school; entrepreneurs’ right to make an honest living; and the average citizen’s freedom to speak.

Walsh travels the country, educating and organizing activists. Through community meetings, rallies, protests, workshops and strategic grassroots and legislative campaigns, Walsh has successfully organized home and small business owners from coast to coast, from New York City to Chicago to California, to defeat the unholy alliance of tax-hungry government officials and land-hungry, wealthy developers. She works closely with entrepreneurs who are fighting regulations that infringe on their right to economic liberty.

Walsh has forged and cultivated strong alliances and coalitions at the state and national levels that span the philosophical spectrum. She provides legislative support to Congress and testifies before state and local lawmakers. Walsh coordinates Perspectives on Eminent Domain Abuse and Perspectives on Economic Liberty, each a series of independently authored reports published by the Institute for Justice. She also authored the Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide.

Walsh’s views and writing have been published and appeared in print, on-line and television outlets across the country, including Fox News, ABC News, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Christina received her undergraduate degree in Political Theory from the University of Virginia, and joined the Institute upon graduation.

Research and Reports

  • August 9, 2018    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Expropriation in Puerto Rico

    Policy Brief and Report Card

    In a new report (released August 6), the Institute for Justice (IJ) gives Puerto Rico’s eminent domain laws a grade of “F.” IJ is a nonprofit, civil liberties law firm dedicated to ending eminent domain abuse:  when the government seizes private property not for traditional public uses, but for private development. The report examines Puerto…

  • October 1, 2009    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Building Empires, Destroying Homes

    Eminent Domain Abuse in New York

    New York is perhaps the worst state in the nation when it comes to eminent domain abuse. Government jurisdictions and agencies statewide have condemned or threatened to condemn homes and small businesses for the New York Stock Exchange, The New York Times, IKEA and Costco.

  • August 1, 2007    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    50 State Report Card

    Tracking Eminent Domain Reform Legislation Since Kelo

    Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s now-infamous decision in Kelo v. New London, 44 states have passed new laws aimed at curbing the abuse of eminent domain for private use.

  • June 1, 2006    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    Redevelopment Wrecks

    20 Failed Projects Involving Eminent Domain Abuse

    Cities and developers tend to overhype the benefits of private development projects that use eminent domain. But many of these projects are failures.

  • June 1, 2006    |    Legal and Policy Studies

    The report debunks several of the most prevalent myths about eminent domain for private gain.

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