Board Member Bio

Christy Vines

Christy is a published writer, international speaker and strategy expert with over 15 years of experience in organizational and program design, fundraising and capital campaigns, strategic planning, community and external stakeholder engagement, and multi-stakeholder collaboration. She has served as an expert and advisor on issues related to women’s leadership and global gender inequality, conflict mitigation and peacebuilding, international religious freedom and countering violent extremism to government leaders and agencies in the U.S. and internationally, including the U.S. State Department, the White House, U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Agency for International Development. Her work has been published in the Washington Post, Religion News Service, Capital Commentary and Christianity Today.

Christy currently works as consultant to CEOs, executive directors, boards, founders and other C-level executives in the non-profit sector to launch or scale their organizations and programs, and recently completed work on a national awareness and advocacy start-up for transitioning foster youth that included the development, production and funding for a large-scale documentary film.

Christy is a former Senior Adjunct Fellow at the American Security Project and is the founder and former Executive Director of the Center for Women, Faith & Leadership and Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives and Strategy at the Institute for Global Engagement in Washington, DC. She also served as the interim director of the RAND African First Ladies Initiative and worked with the RAND Centers for Middle East Public Policy, Asia Pacific Policy, Global Risk and Security, and the RAND Center for Infrastructure, Safety and Environment. In addition to her global-facing work, Vines has served as the lead consultant on a $50M public/private partnership to end child abuse and neglect in Los Angeles County, and as the Senior Portfolio Manager and Director of Investment Research for a Los Angeles-based asset management firm.

Christy has a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Quantitative Analysis from the University of California, Riverside, and completed her first two years of undergraduate study at Stanford University.

Christy currently resides in Temecula, CA where she lives with her husband, Anthony, and three children.