As VP of External Affairs, Chris Hairston-White is responsible for the Better Housing Coalition’s fundraising, communications and public policy advocacy efforts. Before joining BHC in 2015, Chris held various leadership positions in business development, commercial and retail banking over a 12-year banking career at Wells Fargo Bank, Premier Bank/Consolidated Bank & Trust, and Bank of America.
Chris serves on the Board of Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW) Richmond and on the Bon Secours Richmond Health System Board. Her volunteer service also includes membership on the finance committee of Art180, where she previously served on the board as Treasurer; and on the 2017 Visual Arts Center’s Craft and Design Committee. Chris is 2018 Chair-Elect of SisterFund, a giving circle administered by The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. SisterFund raises awareness about issues affecting African-American women and girls in the Richmond region, and invests in nonprofits that serve them via competitive grantmaking.
Among her recent accolades, Chris was recognized by YNPN RVA as a 2017 Great Nonprofit Boss; and by CREW Richmond as one of the Top 25 Women to Watch in Commercial Real Estate in 2015. Chris received her B.S. in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a member of Leadership Metro Richmond’s class of 2009.