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Christie is passionate about the ever-evolving nature of philanthropy across the globe and how nonprofits endeavor to shape the people they serve. She recognizes that fundraising is not static; communities develop new needs and donors bring with them unique passions and changing interests. Christie has worked in leadership roles for nonprofits across multiple sectors and knows, first-hand, how to meaningfully bridge nonprofit, mission-driven work and donor affinities.

Christie joined the firm in 2019 and brings over a decade of grant writing and nonprofit fundraising experience with her to CCS. Christie co-chairs CCS’ Elevate-Foundations team to support colleagues and clients in foundation engagement, grant writing, and enhance foundation grantmaking strategies. Her experience includes executive leadership and development roles in museums, arts organizations and higher education. She is a data-driven researcher, and life-long learner, a tenacious and engaged businesswoman, and a born collaborator. Her enthusiasm and love of face-to-face, client-focused roles have led to her successes in donor relations, procurement, solicitation, and stewardship.

Originally from Austin, Texas, Christie resides in San Antonio with her partner and rescue dogs. Christie is a proud “Mamba” — she earned her B.A. from Millsaps College, her M.A. at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and her M.B.A. at Louisiana State University.

Before discovering her passion for fundraising, Christie spent nearly eight years living and working in Mexico and Belize as a professional archaeologist, utilizing her strengths in grant and technical writing and project management. Each summer, Christie continues to lead a field school for Millsaps College undergraduate students in Mexico. Many of her excavation reports are published in peer-reviewed journals, both in the United States and in Latin America. Christie lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband and two rescue dogs. She loves traveling, riding her bicycle, playing soccer and cheering for the Tottenham Hotspurs and the New Orleans Saints.

select client partners

  • St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church, Taylor, Texas
  • The National Medal of Honor Museum Foundation, Arlington, Texas
  • Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Saint Michael Episcopal Church, Dallas, Texas
  • Northshore Humane Society, Covington, Louisiana
  • Victoria College, Victoria, Texas


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