Christine Spadafor is former CEO of St. Jude's Ranch for Children — now a management consultant and board advisor.
Christine Spadafor's Bio:
Christine Spadafor is the former CEO of St. Jude's Ranch for Children — a national not-for-profit that provides clinical services to abused, abandoned and homeless children. Ms. Spadafor is an accomplished executive, management consultant, and board advisor. Since 2004, she has served as CEO of the SpadaforClay Group — a management consulting and board advisory firm.
In 2008 Ms. Spadafor was recognized by the American Bar Association as one of the top 20 female business lawyers with expertise for corporate boards; she continues as a member of DirectWomen — a national non-profit that works to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards. Since 2009 Ms. Spadafor has served on the board of directors of Boyd Gaming — a New York Stock Exchange listed company. At Boyd, she is Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Ms. Spadafor has a proven track record of optimizing performance through leadership of enterprise-wide strategy development, operational improvements and corporate restructurings - in positions ranging from CEO to governance advisor to board of directors member.
A graduate of both Harvard Law School and the Harvard School of Public Health, Christine Spadafor also holds an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree — in recognition of career achievements and contributions to society. She has lectured in the Tuck Executive Education program at Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business, at the Harvard Kennedy School, and numerous industry events.
Christine Spadafor's Experience:
Independent Director at Boyd Gaming Corporation2009 - Present | Las Vegas, NV
Christine Spadafor is a member of Boyd Gaming's Audit Committee and its Nominating and Governance Committee. She is a former member of Boyd's Compensation and Stock Option Committee
CEO at SpadaforClay Group, Inc.2004 - Present | Cambridge, MA
Christine Spadafor established the SpadaforClay Group in 2004. Having previously achieved "Partner" status in some of the world's leading management consulting firms, Ms. Spadafor set out to provide these same world-class management consulting services to a base of domestic and international companies. In this capacity she advises on board governance, strategy, and operational improvements — with a focus on execution and results. In addition to consulting on strategic leadership and operational improvements, the SpadaforClay Group also provides interim management, organizational development and executive team alignment. The firm's management consulting clients include organizations in public, private, and not-for-profit sectors.
Chief Executive Officer at St. Jude's Ranch for Children2006 - 2015 | Las Vegas, Nevada
Christine Spadafor is former CEO of St. Jude's Ranch for Children (SJRC) — a national nonprofit that transforms the lives of abused, abandoned, neglected and homeless children, young adults and families. In 2005, the Board of Trustees for St. Jude's Ranch engaged Christine Spadafor to conduct an organizational assessment — as SJRC was then on the verge of bankruptcy. Christine Spadafor's extensive recommendations for a turnaround were unanimously accepted by the board — and she then led a "textbook" turnaround. (St. Jude's Ranch was recognized as the "Nonprofit of the Year 2012-2013" by the local business press — only five short years after almost closing its doors permanently. ) The St. Jude's Ranch success story, recognized as a model for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, is now a case study that Christine Spadafor teaches in the MBA curriculum at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.
Principal | Management Consultant at AlixPartners, LLC2002 - 2004 | Los Angeles, CA
Christine Spadafor was a principal in the firm — specializing in enterprise-wide operational restructuring and serving in interim executive management positions for clients in the financial services and medical equipment leasing industries.
Partner/Vice President | Management Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group2000 - 2002 | Boston, MA
At BCG, Christine Spadafor served as an officer of the corporation. Specialized in corporate design and restructuring for clients in the entertainment, media, and health care industries.
Partner at CSC Index1996 - 2000 | United Kingdom and The Netherlands
Management Consultant — designing, implementing and managing strategic programs to increase revenues, enhance profitability, and promote competitive advantage.
General Counsel and Vice President at Franciscan Children's Hospital1992 - 1995 | Boston, MA
Served as the first in-house corporate counsel at this hospital dedicated to children with disabilities and genetic defects. Transitioned to executive administration — leading operations and the Hospital’s financial turnaround to reduce costs by 30% in 90 days. Assisted with the development of new programs to provide outstanding patient care and increase revenues. The successful turnaround set the foundation for the hospital’s ongoing operations and success.
Consultant at United Nations1991 - 1992 | New York, NY and Beijing, China
Twice served as advisor to the United Nations in China on environmental and maternal and child health matters in third world countries. Presented published papers at two United Nations conferences held in Beijing.
Attorney at Hill and Barlow1988 - 1992 | Boston, MA
Associate working with Tax, Real Estate, Estate Planning and Litigation departments. Pro-bono assignments from numerous judicial appointments to represent abused and neglected children.
Christine Spadafor's Education:
Harvard Law SchoolJuris Doctorate
Harvard University School of Public HealthMaster of Science (Sc. M)
Montefiore HospitalRegistered Nurse (R.N.)
LaRoche CollegeBachelor of Science (B.S.)Concentration: Administration and Management
Christine Spadafor's Interests & Activities:
Christine Spadafor is the former chief executive of St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Her professional interests include Strategy, Organizational Development and Board Governance. Ms. Spadafor's personal interests include travel (Italy and Maine!) , literature, opera, interior design, and cooking.