Chris Redgate is Vice President for Strategic Communications at GG+A. For nearly 25 years, Chris has helped to strengthen and grow mission-driven institutions in the fields of art, culture, education, medicine, environment, human rights, and international sport.
Throughout his career, Chris has created communications to help institutions attract and sustain more than $7 billion in sponsorship and philanthropy. He has developed messaging and collateral for nearly $1 billion in nonprofit fundraising campaigns and has directly raised more than $100 million as a frontline fundraiser for cultural institutions.
With the International Olympic Committee from 1998 to 2006, Chris was responsible for developing a strategic communications portfolio to convey the power of the Olympic brand and to enhance the value of Olympic sponsorship. His tenure spanned four Olympic Games — Sydney 2000, Salt Lake 2002, Athens 2004, and Torino 2006 — and his role included marketing communications, executive communications, crisis communications, media relations, and sponsor relations. During this time, the IOC’s revenue from corporate sponsorship grew more than threefold from $280 million to $900 million, and revenue from broadcast partnership doubled from $1.25 billion to $2.5 billion.
With the Chicago Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2015, Chris oversaw institutional giving and development communications. During his time with the CSO, Chris generated threefold growth in annual support from corporations and foundations and secured several of the largest gifts, grants, and sponsorships in the institution’s history. Chris also created the framework, messaging, and collateral for a successful $250 million comprehensive campaign — the largest in the organization’s 125-year history.
Chris has served a range of clients as an independent consultant. He has provided strategic communications and creative services for six bids to host the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup, contributing to four winning campaigns on three continents. He has provided nonprofit organizations worldwide with innovative communications-based solutions, including vision statements, strategic narratives, campaign messaging, gift proposals, governing documents, engagement strategies, and digital content.
Chris began his career as a writer and editor for a national sports magazine. He holds a BA and an MA from Boston College, where he also taught core undergraduate writing seminars.