Christie McKinney, the vice president of programs, strategy, and development, has a background in arts education and management. Prior to joining Chorus America, Christie taught middle school choral and general music and directed musicals in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. She held invited positions on the American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA) State board, the Eastern division planning committee, and received the Outstanding Young Conductor Award (2010) from ACDA’s Pennsylvania Chapter. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in arts management from American University. Christie is a proud singer in and board chair of the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers, a choir that performs music of the African and African American traditions.