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Chris Redgate is a Vice President for Strategic Communications at GG+A. He brings 25 years of expertise in strategy, communications, marketing, and fundraising to the firm’s clients in all sectors and around the world.
Throughout his career, Chris has worked to strengthen and grow mission-driven institutions worldwide. He has created communications to help organizations attract and sustain more than $7 billion in sponsorship and philanthropy. Chris has developed messaging for nearly $1 billion in nonprofit fundraising campaigns and has directly raised more than $100 million as a frontline fundraiser for cultural institutions.
For eight years with the International Olympic Committee, 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 spanned marketing communications, executive communications, crisis communications, media relations, and sponsor relations. As Chris worked to enhance the global perception of the Olympic brand, 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.
Over nine years with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO), Chris oversaw institutional giving, campaign strategy, and development communications. During his time with the CSO, Chris generated more than threefold growth in annual support from corporations and foundations, and he directly 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.
Prior to joining GG+A, Chris served a range of clients as an independent consultant. He worked with cultural institutions, arts companies, music schools, national landmarks, research institutes, independent schools, human rights groups, and documentary film producers. He also 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.
Chris began his career as an editor and writer for a national sports magazine. He holds a BA and an MA from Boston College, where he also taught core undergraduate writing seminars.
- Benchmark School
- Boston University
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital
- Cheshire Health Foundation
- Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart
- Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
- Friends For Life Corporation
- Global Ocean Observing System
- The Lovett School
- Lyric Opera of Chicago
- The McGillis School
- Merrimack College
- Montclair State University
- Moorestown Friends School
- Museum of Glass
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
- NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation
- Pomona College
- Our House Nantucket
- Regional One Health
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Smithsonian Institution
- Southeast Missouri State University
- St. Mary’s School
- The University of Melbourne
- University of Northern Colorado
- University of San Francisco
- Vanderbilt University
- Wellesley College