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About Christy

 Christy currently serves as the Executive Director of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation in Williamsburg, VA. Prior to that role, she served 12 years as CEO of the American Civil War Museum (ACWM). Christy is an innovator and thought leader with over 30 years of museum and public history experience.


She's dedicated herself to correcting the American narrative particularly of the Colonial/Revolutionary and Civil War eras by placing the diverse peoples and their impact back into the history. She's been a featured guest on many news and television outlets.  Most recently, she's been featured in the  History Channel's Grant  and Lincoln: Divided We Stand miniseries . Christy also served as a historical consultant for the award-winning film "Harriet" and Showtime's "Good Lord Bird."

Christy  is the recipient of numerous awards and three Honorary Doctorates (The College of William and Mary, Virginia Commonwealth University and the The University of the South) for her decades of impact.

Select Activities/Awards/


  •  Virginia 500 Power List  2021 and 2020 Virginia Business

  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA February 2020

  • Honorary Doctor of  Humane Letters, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA December 2018

  • Honorary Doctor of Civil Law, University of the South, Sewanee, TN October 2018

  • 2018 Richmond Power List: Arts and Culture, Style Magazine , August 28, 2018

  • Meet the 31 People Who are Changing the South, Time Magazine August 6, 2018

  • Co-Chair, Monument Avenue Commission, City of Richmond, VA 2017-2018

  • Citizens Advisory Council for the Executive Mansion, Commonwealth of Virginia 2016-present

  • Person of the Year Finalist-Richmond Times Dispatch, 2015

  • Steering Committee & Team Chair, Future of Richmond’s Past/Richmond’s Journey, 2009-2015

  • The “It” List, Boomer Magazine, Richmond, VA December 2012

  • American Association for State and Local History, Council Member 2018-2022; 2000-2004

  • American Alliance of Museums 1992-present, Board Member 2002-2006

  • Association of African American Museums, member 1994- present

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