Christina (Chrissie) McHenry is a principal at The Raben Group. Chrissie comes to Raben having held senior positions with corporate, nonprofit and media organizations. She brings a journalist’s eye, coupled with robust experience supporting the communications efforts of hundreds of community development organizations.
Chrissie joined Raben from NeighborWorks America where she was the Senior Vice President, Public Relations for more than six years. NeighborWorks, a national housing and community development organization chartered by Congress, leads a network of almost 250 independent, locally-based nonprofits across the nation. Chrissie provided strategic communications counsel to the NeighborWorks America CEO and colleagues in four regional offices. She also provided high-level communications support to the leadership of network organizations around crisis communications and reputation management, nonprofit governance and overall visibility including politically sensitive stakeholder and funder messaging and outreach.
Prior to joining NeighborWorks America Chrissie was Director of Communications, Community and Corporate Responsibility for Fannie Mae, working extensively in crisis communications, reputational risk, and community relations, as well as managing diversity communications for the company. Throughout the foreclosure crisis, Chrissie worked to help homeowners facing foreclosure and the communities where they lived weather the financial storm of the Great Recession.
For a large part of her career, Chrissie was a broadcast journalist covering politics for a number of leading news organizations. Most recently she was the Senior Producer of Washington Week with Gwen Ifill on PBS and held a variety of roles with CBS News, ABC News Nightline, and PBS’s NewsHour.
Chrissie sits on the board of Solar United Neighbors and the Nantucket Boys and Girls Club. In her spare time, she loves to needlepoint and is planning an eventual Appalachian Trail thru-walk (despite the skepticism of her three children).
Chrissie holds a B.A. from Tufts University in Political Science and French.