Christopher Wagner

  • Washington US-DC
Christopher Wagner

Summary

While working in a start-up environment after college, I gained significant experience in areas such as project management, operations, and database management. After 3+ successful years building the organization, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and traveled in Europe and Asia for several months. My experiences abroad, such as working on organic farms, intensified my interest in renewable energy, environmental sustainability, and energy efficiency. I recently returned to DC and am volunteering with several initiatives in these fields, while also seeking full-time opportunities. My goal is to join a team of fun, hard working, and talented individuals where I can further develop my skills and make a positive impact on the organization and the communities it serves.

Areas of Expertise: project management, operations, program development, financial management, grant writing, communications, database management (Salesforce), organizational development, group facilitation, conflict resolution

Work History

Work History
Jun 2009 - Feb 2011

Deputy Executive Director

Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

Project Management and Leadership - Chaired the Alumni Network Strategic Planning Committee; synthesized committee's research into a report on strategy, infrastructure needs, and funding requirements for launching alumni network. - Implemented Salesforce.com CRM platform; synthesized 40 spreadsheets of 3,300 organizational contacts; managed training program for staff; vastly improved organization’s ability to communicate with constituents.

Financial Management

- Managed day-to-day tracking of $1.3M; prepared reports for $750k worth of foundation grants and donations.

Communications

- Managed Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts, utilizing HootSuite to streamline activity; increased social media followers by 400%; created monthly VerticalResponse e-newsletters sent to thousands of stakeholders.

Jul 2008 - May 2009

Program Director

Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

Project Management and Leadership

- Managed over a dozen consultants working on fundraising, evaluation, and organizational development; developed clear deliverables for projects and ensured deadlines were met. - Co-led recruitment and training of three full-time staff, including first Executive Director; developed job descriptions, conducted interviews, and negotiated offers; all hires have had multi-year, productive tenures.

- Organized recruitment, training, projects, and evaluations of 6 interns; all contributed positively to the organization.

Financial Management and Fundraising

- Created detailed budgeting and accounting processes, using Excel and accounting software.

- Raised $635k through writing proposals and building relationships with corporate and foundation staff, university administrators, and individual donors. - Co-led fundraising initiatives that increased annual revenue from $200k to $524k.

Communications

- Led process of drafting, editing, and finalizing 15 grant proposals and reports.

- Coordinated the design and implementation of a new website; wrote dozens of press releases, news stories, and other website updates.

Jul 2007 - Jun 2008

Associate Program Director

Sustained Dialogue Campus Network

Project Management and Leadership

- Organized numerous programmatic events, including conferences of 150+ participants, student leadership retreats, and networking sessions.

Communications

- Developed communications materials (e.g., case statements, letters of intent, PowerPoint presentations) that were used to promote the organization to potential clients, foundations, students, and university administrators.

Program Implementation

- Conducted 20 two-day workshops for over 300 college students and professionals; prepared activities and materials; received highly positive survey responses.

Education

Education
Sep 2003 - May 2007

BA

University of Notre Dame

- 3.7 GPA; Senior Honors Psychology Thesis; Dean’s List 6 of 8 semesters; strong mathematics/quantitative background

- Took part in numerous research, extracurricular, service, and employment opportunities.

References

References

Emily Pelton

Emily served as a consultant to SDCN for several years. I worked closely with her on many fundraising, organizational development, and strategic planning projects.

Amy Lazarus

Amy became the first Executive Director of SDCN in September 2009. I worked with her for roughly 18 months.