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Christine McDow


Christine has experience in the nonprofit and public sectors and a background in ethnic studies and education, with a particular interest in using shared value and cultural capital as models to close the achievement gap and other disparities across racial, class, and gender lines. As an associate at FSG, Christine uses her academic expertise in the humanities and social sciences to conduct root cause analysis to develop solutions for a more just, peaceful, and inclusive society.

Before FSG

Prior to joining FSG, Christine engaged in academic research, public service, and local government to address disparities experienced by historically marginalized groups. Her academic research includes a three-year oral history project called “Listen Witness Amplify: On the Ongoing Legacies of School Segregation by Law in Eastern North Carolina.” Her research was funded by Projects for Peace and the Michael Kellogg endowment for the humanities and was recently featured on National Public Radio affiliate station WHQR. Her public service includes addressing the achievement gap at Title I schools as an AmeriCorps member with the 4-H Youth Development Program in Central Texas and providing access to palliative care as a hospice volunteer in Northern Vermont. Her service was recognized in 2016 as a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Her experience in local government includes serving as an appointed representative to the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council advocating for the needs of at-risk community youth in Eastern North Carolina. Her academic interests include disability studies, feminist studies, geography, psychology, and religion.


  • Middlebury College, AB in Black Studies, Minor in Education Studies
  • Middlebury Language Schools, Intermediate Chinese Immersion Program


  • GE-Reagan Foundation
  • Lime Connect
  • SEO, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity


  • Mandarin Chinese (intermediate)
  • American Sign Language (novice)

On working at FSG

“Peace is disruptive. I am humbled to work with a team of driven and thoughtful colleagues as we work together to help our clients to strategically use their resources and positional power to empower marginalized communities to reclaim their shared history, disrupt cycles of oppression, and forge peace.”