In his dual role as associate director of business development and operations, Chris supports McKinley’s senior team by managing the firm’s business pipeline and overseeing internal projects to optimize firm performance. Chris’s range of responsibilities includes interacting with clients to match McKinley’s services with their goals and objectives, developing proposals to respond to new business opportunities, organizing and implementing process improvement initiatives for the firm, and managing the business development team.
Chris joined McKinley after two years working at the National Council for Behavioral Health, an association that serves mental health and addiction providers. While at the National Council, Chris supported a variety of projects within both the membership and policy departments. Some of his most significant undertakings included managing volunteer engagement and Board elections, improving and streamlining the member application and onboarding experience, and serving as Project Coordinator for two multi-year practice improvement initiatives. Aside from the day jobs he’s held, Chris has served in a variety of volunteer roles while in DC. He served as the assistant coach for the boys’ varsity basketball team at Thurgood Marshall Academy, as well as the Vice President of Operations for the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, where he monitored finances and staffing needs, managed strategic planning and oversaw the organization’s internal operational efficiency. Chris is also actively involved in mentoring local high school students to prepare them for college, job opportunities and personal growth beyond graduation through a DC-based organization, Mentors, Inc.
Outside of work, Chris is usually trying out new things/places around DC, playing pick-up basketball, reading, watching movies or making playlists on Spotify. Born in the Midwest and raised in Texas, the rest of his time is usually spent planning his next trip to visit family in Wisconsin, Minnesota or down south. Chris has a BA in political science from Duke University and graduated in 2012.