Christine Straw, MBA, MS
Chris has both operational and management experience in the public, private, education, and not-for-profit sectors and takes pride in effectively building constructive working relationships across all levels within and across organizations. Her interpersonal, communication and analytical skills have contributed to her success in leading both large and small project teams tackling a wide range of efforts from enterprise-wide mission-critical information systems development projects and billion dollar logistic management challenges to leading an all volunteer organization with its tensions of focusing on building relationships as well as fundraising.
As the world becomes ever more complex, where interests are broad and values are diverse and, at times, seemingly incompatible, it is becoming more and more important to develop safe space for effected parties to engage constructively to search for common goals and innovative paths to address pressing issues. Chris’s holistic approach seeks to engage all stakeholders, move past oversimplified analyses and look for the complex patterns and dynamics to seek long-term sustainable solutions.
To follow her interests in employing a complex systems view Chris is currently a project manager and the Coordinator for the Dynamical Systems Theory Innovation Lab, at the Advanced Consortium for Cooperation, Conflict and Complexity at the Earth Institute Columbia University. The Lab is a collaborative of over 40 scholars and practitioners convening to further their work in conflict, peace and social change through a complex, dynamical systems frame.
Chris holds both an MS in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and an MBA from Fox Business School at Temple University. Her focus as an undergraduate was in both Asian studies and geology. She is a member of the Association of Conflict Resolution, the Alliance for Peacebuilding and the CMM Institute.
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