Christina Elson, Managing Director

Christina ElsonChristina Elson joined the Center in 2015 to create its business strategy and operations. Christina is an expert in developing strategic, holistic, and systemic approaches to executing an organization’s mission and vision with an underlying focus on continuous innovative improvement. She teaches strategy (BMGT495) career exploration (BMGT198) courses to undergraduate students and also teaches in the QUEST honors program.

Christina holds has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Her current research interests focus on understanding how core psychological traits and behaviors influence attitudes towards trust, risk and communication and on using tools such a Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, and Moral Foundation Theory to teach human-centered approaches to enterprise. Christina and her research partner, Dr. Kylie King, are currently looking for teams to participate in this project.

Previously, Christina was part of the Curatorial Staff of the American Museum of Natural History in New York where she directed international research projects funded by the National Science Foundation and other granting agencies. In 2006 Christina joined the National Geographic Society, focusing especially on integrating silos dedicated to research with those creating media. She traveled internationally to foster partnerships with governments and academic partners. In 2010, Christina co-foundered Science Visualization, a technology-driven media company. In 2015 she graduated from the Smith School of Business Executive MBA program. Christina is a firm believer in the value of interdisciplinary thinking in fostering creativity and enterprise.