Dr. Christine Altendorf was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in August 2009 and serves as the Chief of Engineering and Construction for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). She provides executive leadership for all technical engineering activities during planning, design, and construction for the worldwide military, civil works, environmental, support to others, and international programs within USACE with a budget influence of over $40 billion and a worldwide workforce of over 35,000.
Previously, Dr. Altendorf served as Director, U.S. Army Installation Management Command-Pacific (IMCOM-Pacific). In this capacity, she managed a regional staff that provided oversight of multi-million dollar base operation programs in 12 Garrisons located in Alaska, Hawaii, Japan, Korea, and Kwajalein Atoll. IMCOM-Pacific operations include management of active and reserve component installations providing support for approximately 180,000 service members, family members, retirees, and civilians, as well as oversight of an annual budget exceeding $1.3 billion for programs that include Appropriated Funds, Non-appropriated Funds, Defense Environment Restoration Funds, Army Family Housing funds and other appropriations. She oversaw 1.8 million acres of land, 97 million square feet of facilities, and annual contracts totaling in excess of $500 million. This area of responsibility included 12,308 Family Housing Units and 42,832 Unaccompanied Personnel Housing living spaces.
Prior to her assignment at IMCOM-Pacific, Dr. Altendorf was the Director of the Army’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Office. She worked with Army and DOD Senior Leaders to develop and execute short-term metrics and long-term initiatives to satisfy changing needs in a dynamic evolving environment, establishing effective strategies, developing plans, and formulating policies for continued improvement of SHARP programs.
Before being assigned as the Director of the Army's SHARP initiative, she served as Chief of the Environmental Division at Headquarters, USACE. In this capacity, Dr. Altendorf oversaw the USACE environmental mission, and a team of professionals who enable its worldwide environmental responsibilities. The program provided technical management, design and execution of a full range of environmental protection, cleanup and sustainability activities.
She served as the Director, Joint Programs Integration Office, Headquarters, U.S. Forces – Afghanistan in Kabul, where she was responsible for managing and maintaining oversight of a multi-billion dollar infrastructure program which included roads, water and power. Dr. Altendorf was also responsible for Real Estate, Environmental and Operational Energy activities in the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan.
Prior to her work in Afghanistan, Dr. Altendorf was the Programs Director for USACE, South Pacific Division in San Francisco where she was responsible for a $2.0 billion program that included civil works, military programs, environmental restoration, and real estate activities in CA, AZ, UT, NV, NM, and CO.
Dr. Altendorf holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in Biosystems (Water Resources) Engineering from Oklahoma State University. She also has a bachelor of arts in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from Oklahoma State University.