Christine Elias

Associate Vice President of Philanthropic Services

Christine Elias
“Since I started my career as a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, I have loved working directly within communities. I look forward to working with the culturally diverse philanthropic communities of Minnesota.”

Chris works closely with all members of the Philanthropic Services department to engage donors who want to give back to their communities. In her role, she leads the partner relations team, which is focused on stewarding relationships with current donors, and the gift planning team, which engages new donors in supporting the important work of nonprofit organizations across Minnesota.

Chris joined Minnesota Philanthropy Partners in 2014. She chose MN Partners because she wanted to work in a place-based organization where local resources serve local communities. Prior to joining MN Partners, Chris worked in several different national and international organizations, most recently as director of strategic communications at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

She received a bachelor's degree in education from Illinois State University and a master’s degree in international development from Cornell University. One of the joys of her life has been living and working in cultures outside her own: her Peace Corps experience, spending time with her grandparents in the town in Mexico where her father grew up, and numerous extended assignments throughout Africa.

Email Christine or call 651.325.4232

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