Christine Koehn

Consultant, Greenway Strategy Group

Dr. Christine Koehn has more than 25 years of experience working with private foundations, public charities, governmental agencies, and nonprofits committed to leveraging their resources to address social disparities in their communities. For nearly half that time, she has served in executive roles.

Currently, Christine works as a consultant with Greenway Strategy Group, capitalizing on her skills and experiences to assist organizations with effectively achieving their operational, strategy, program, and impact goals. In her previous role, she served as the Executive Director of Achieve Palm Beach County, an expansive countywide collective impact initiative focused on post-secondary attainment – an effort she was pivotal in developing and implementing. Prior to that, she served as the Executive Director at the Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation. Upon its endowment, she was hired to establish the foundation’s operations, board interactions, and grantmaking; and, then went on to administer all aspects of the foundation as its first and only staff member. She has also served as the Vice President of Community Impact at the United Way of Palm Beach County and the Vice President for Programs at the Quantum Foundation, providing oversight of their programmatic investments; and as a Research Analyst for the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, conducting research and program evaluation.

Christine is a results-driven, resourceful leader, with extensive experience in organization administration. She is seasoned at operating effective organizations, developing and managing boards, building and administering strategic plans, and creating and overseeing grantmaking portfolios. She is skilled at cultivating and facilitating public/private partnerships as well as extensive community collaboratives designed to promote social equity and stimulate significant collective impact. Through partnerships and collaboratives, she has become adept at identifying systems-level issues as well as crafting and implementing programming and funding strategies designed to address the identified issues. Further, she has a proven track record for planning and executing large-scale research and evaluation projects designed to demonstrate the impact of programming/funding and to support continued improvement.

Christine cares deeply about issues impacting the underserved in communities across the nation and has prioritized working with organizations whose interests align with her own, such as health promotion and health care access, basic needs (e.g., food, housing), education, training and employment, arts and culture, out-of-school activities, special needs, and child abuse and neglect prevention/intervention.

Christine’s commitment to community extends to her volunteer service, often in leadership roles, on community boards and network groups. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Palm Health Foundation, the Chair of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners Citizens Advisory Committee, and a Stewardship Council member of BeWellPBCIn the past, she has served as a Co-Chair of the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s Non-family Staff Peer Network and a Co-Chair of the Palm Beach County Education Funders Collaborative.

Christine holds a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the Florida International University. She’s a life-long learner who continually engages in professional development. She has been published in numerous professional journals and books, and has presented at various national conferences on a wide array of subjects.

Contributions

Voices from the Field

Using Strategic Planning to Foster Collaborative Community Social Impact

Posted on April 14, 2021 by Christine Koehn

Courtesy of Leah Kelley from Pexels While COVID has brought to the forefront the challenges that students face with getting a quality education, many students have struggled to get the supports they need to succeed in school for years. As the executive director of a family foundation focused on supporting efforts that promote educational, career, and life success, I have… Read More

Nonfamily Staff Peer Network: Succession Planning

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Katherine Jacobs, Allison Kupfer, Christine Koehn, Kelly Chopus

Succession planning is a top topic that you as a network requested earlier this year. We’re pleased to spend time with the senior team of Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, who have overseen searches, transition management, training, and talent strategy. Join us to hear confidential lessons learned and stories as we have an engaging discussion… Read More

December 2016 NCFP Non-Family Staff Peer Network Call

Posted on December 13, 2016 by Christine Koehn, Kelly Chopus, Kris Putnam-Walkerly

This session will feature a conversation on the strategies and challenges of connecting with community and building an equity lens into your grantmaking and internal operations. It’s a great chance to talk in a private space about this timely and complex topic with your peers around the country! About the NCFP Non-family Staff Peer Network The NCFP Non-family Staff Peer… Read More

September 2016 NCFP Non-Family Staff Peer Network Call

Posted on September 13, 2016 by Christine Koehn, Sharmila Rao Thakkar

The NCFP Non-family Staff Peer Network is open to senior level non-family staff members who are current member’s of NCFP Friends of the Family network. This network, co-chaired by Christine Kuehn of The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation and Sharmilla Rao Thakkar of the Siragusa Foundation, is offered as a “safe space” for non-family staff peers facing… Read More

June 2016 NCFP Non-Family Staff Peer Network Call: Managing Geographic Dispersion in Family Philanthropy

Posted on June 21, 2016 by Christine Koehn, Sharmila Rao Thakkar

The NCFP Non-family Staff Peer Network is open to senior level non-family staff members who are current member’s of NCFP Friends of the Family network. This network, co-chaired by Christine Kuehn of The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation and Sharmilla Rao Thakkar of the Siragusa Foundation, is offered as a “safe space” for non-family staff peers facing… Read More

March 2016 NCFP Non-Family Staff Peer Network Call

Posted on March 22, 2016 by Christine Koehn, Sharmila Rao Thakkar

The NCFP Non-family Staff Peer Network is open to senior level non-family staff members who are current member’s of NCFP Friends of the Family network. This network, co-chaired by Christine Kuehn of The Celia Lipton Farris and Victor W. Farris Foundation and Sharmilla Rao Thakkar of The Siragusa Foundation, is offered as a “safe space” for non-family staff peers facing… Read More

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