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Christi Strauss, Vice Chair

Christi Strauss brings almost 30 years of general management experience leading businesses for General Mills around the world. Her specific expertise was marketing and strategy, and a passion of Christi’s has been HR and employee engagement. With a variety of corporate and not-for-profit board experience, Christi would like to focus on coaching and mentoring, as well as nonprofit and corporate Board roles.

Since returning to Minnesota, (Christi lived in Canada and Switzerland for about 15 years) she is seeking meaningful and selective ways to engage where she believes she can and will make a difference. As part of that focus, Christi became an SVP Partner in 2017 and is already working on Investee teams. Additionally, she is contributing her knowledge and connections to help grow SVP.

Christi currently sits on the board of George Weston Limited, Canada’s largest private sector employer. Its biggest businesses are in food and drug retailing with Loblaw and Shoppers Drug Mart. Apart from this board role, she’s still “figuring out Phase 2”, investigating opportunities to start or buy a business with her California-based sister, and keeping busy with Buster, her 3-year old Portuguese Water Dog.