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Christy Farnbauch is a community engagement strategist who will inspire you to create connections, meaning and value. Since 2006, Strategic Links, LLC has helped hundreds of people and organizations use proven ways to engage key stakeholders and partners, resulting in more volunteers, fans, and money. Christy will help you transform your organization or community in new and exciting ways as you reveal and leverage your value for long-term success. Christy facilitates conversations, and designs training materials for organizations across the country and internationally

An experienced nonprofit leader for more than 25 years, Christy served Ohio's nonprofit arts and cultural organizations through her work at the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) between 1991 and 2004. As the OAC’s Community Development Director, she developed extensive insight into recognizing, creating and communicating the public value of nonprofit arts organizations through The Wallace Foundation's START Executive Leadership Program. As the Business and Community Partnership Coordinator for Hilliard City Schools (Ohio’s eighth largest school district), she managed the planning, implementation, and evaluation of partnerships with businesses and community organizations in support of the district’s educational goals. 

Christy is passionate about helping people cultivate their leadership knowledge and skills to support personal and professional growth. She participated in, and now serves as the thought leader for the Next Generation of Leaders program. A successful grant and proposal writer, Christy has secured over $2.8 million for important causes throughout her career. She has assisted the National Endowment for the Arts, Ohio Department of Education, foundations, and many state arts councils in the grant review process, and regularly teaches grant writing workshops. 

Christy is author of countless articles and is co-author of a paper entitled, From Transactions to Transformations: New Frameworks for Revealing the Public Value of the Arts. She is published in Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive by Goldstein, Martin and Cialdini, currently available in several languages. Christy’s training materials for Made To Stick, by Chip and Dan Heath, were used in a SkillSoft Executive Leadership Series.

Christy is currently serving on the board and as a speaker coach for TEDxHilliard. She is a member of Vistage. In 2014 & 2015, she was chair of the Columbus Arts Marketing Association. Christy is also a past-president of the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and the Hilliard Education Foundation. She believes deeply in supporting important social causes with her time and resources.


Download a copy of Christy's bio here.