Former CEO, St. Jude's Ranch for Children
Former CEO, St. Jude's Ranch For Children
Christine Spadafor is the former CEO of St. Jude’s Ranch for Children (SJRC) — a nonprofit organization founded in 1966 to serve abused, abandoned and homeless children, young adults and families. St. Jude's Ranch was on the verge of bankruptcy when the SJRC board brought Christine Spadafor in — first as a consultant, then as the organization's CEO. Spadafor and her team executed a textbook "turnaround" — building St. Jude's Ranch from a struggling charity into a nationally recognized success story.
KEY ACCOMPLISHMENTS AT ST. JUDE'S RANCH
TESTIMONIALS FOR CHRISTINE SPADAFOR AS CEO OF ST. JUDE'S RANCH FOR CHILDREN
for St. Jude's Ranch, A CEO With An Unique Skillset
Early in her career, Christine Spadafor worked as a registered nurse and received a master's degree from the Harvard School of Public Health. This combination — experience as a "hands-on" caregiver married with an understanding of healthcare policy issues — was invaluable in addressing the complex problems faced by the vulnerable children and adolescents at St. Jude's Ranch for Children.
Spadafor earned her JD at The Harvard Law School — later serving as a legal advocate for vulnerable children and others unable to represent themselves. Armed with these skills, she was a tireless advocate as Chief Executive of St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Spadafor and her team were dedicated to reforming outdated government policies, protecting juvenile rights, and creating innovative programs to keep family units together.
In 2005, St. Jude's Ranch for Children was on the brink of bankruptcy. SJRC's board then retained Christine Spadafor — first as a management consultant, and soon after as St. Jude's CEO. Spadafor and her team engineered a "textbook" turnaround of the organization. Through disciplined fiscal management, innovative partnerships, and tireless fundraising efforts, SJRC retired its debt and greatly expanded the resources available to its children.
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