Christine Wais Appointed Executive Director of Development for SBS

Christine Wais
Christine Wais

Christine (Chrissie) Wais has joined the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences as executive director of development.

Wais worked at Cornell University from 2008-17, starting as program officer at Cornell Law School and ending her tenure as associate director of development in the Cornell Industrial and Labor Relations School (ILR), an applied social sciences school focused on international employment and labor policy.

During her time at ILR, she established and grew the college level annual fund, worked with the top ILR donors and prospects securing major gifts, and developed a team focused on leadership giving, pipeline development, annual unrestricted giving and donor stewardship. She also served on the dean’s strategic planning committee working primarily on a strategic map forward for development and outreach.

“We’re delighted to have recruited someone with a rich understanding of the social sciences and the skills and drive to advance our priorities,” said Dean John A. Hird. “Chrissie’s extraordinarily talented and she’s already hit the ground running.”

Prior to her work at ILR, she was a recruiting analyst for Goldman Sachs, in New York City. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell.