Founder & CEO Cristina Gallegos

Joined: 22/12/2017


Entrepreneur


A passionate entrepreneur, Cristina is a 6X Founder and has 30 years of experience in business, 17 of which as an advisor to philanthropists and nonprofits. She is the Founder & CEO of Sky(lark) Strategies and the Director of Programs for the GG Society Fellowship, and splits her time between US and EU, helping entrepreneurs on both sides of the Atlantic.

People call Cristina to identify paths to solutions.

A passionate entrepreneur, Cristina is a 6X Founder and has 30 years of experience in business, 18 of which as an advisor to philanthropists and nonprofits. She is the Founder & CEO of Sky(lark) Strategies and the Director of Programs for the GG Society Fellowship, as well as the former VP of JMC Philanthropic Advisors.

A skilled facilitator and international strategist, Cristina Gallegos brings tactical innovation and management consulting methodologies to changemakers and entrepreneurs. She believes that success is often found at the intersection of vision, practicality and elbow grease, loves the business design process and the challenge of taking early-stage entities to scale. Cristina’s sweet spot sits at the intersection of the for-profit and non-profit worlds bridging the gap through psychologic insight and social entrepreneurship. Her personal mission is to tackle big problems, and create positive global change using common sense, the advancement of strong leadership, plus the infusion of new business models and economic paradigms that could move the social sector from bootstrapping to affluence. She does this work by designing effective plans, facilitating difficult dialogues with pragmatism, and advancing the leadership of key people.

Each year, a robust percentage of Cristina’s time is allocated for Pro Bono work, and a significant portion of Sky(lark) profits are donated. She often shares insights from the trenches, speaking publicly about the art and science of social impact.

In addition to her work with philanthropists and NGO leaders, Cristina works with political dissidents to open new markets of freedom and find peaceful, tactical solutions against dictatorship in difficult places such as Ecuador.

As a woman, an immigrant, and a Latina from Eastern Europe married to a Chinese/Mexican man, Cristina lives “diversity” to the bone. At Sky(lark), Cristina’s staff and the clients she represents, are as diverse as they come, in gender, age, economics, race, and national heritage.

Born in communist Romania immigrated to the US after giving away pretty much everything she owned.

Cristina holds an MBA, a BS in Economics, and a BA in Psychology, currently chairs a non-profit board and mentors one foster youth. She is a particle physics aficionado and a passionate writer and photographer. In the past 20 years she has traveled to 56 countries and territories on 6 continents.

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