As the Executive Director, Cristie oversaw the staff and worked closely with the Board of Directors to fulfill the mission of the Durango Arts Center. Primary responsibilities included human resource and fiscal management; development; oversight of the MicroGrants and Artist Residency programs; administration of the City of Durango’s 2017 Arts & Culture Block Grant; and long-range planning in accordance with DAC’s strategic plan to ensure the success and sustainability of the organization. A Durango local, Cristie graduated from Durango High School in 2002 and went on to earn a B.A. in studio art from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA), and a M.A. in visual arts administration from New York University-Steinhardt focusing on nonprofit management. Prior to DAC, Cristie held positions with the San Juan Board of Cooperative Educational Services (Durango), Building Movement Project (NY, NY) and Idyllwild Arts Foundation (Idyllwild, CA); and interned with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (NY, NY) and BRIC Contemporary Arts, Brooklyn’s oldest continually operating exhibition space.
Since 2011, Cristie had served on the City of Durango Public Art Commission, acting as Chairwoman between April 2013-August 2017, and was the local Arts & Culture sector representative on the Durango Area Tourism Organization (DATO) Board of Directors.