Mary Pat Christie is a respected leader in the high yield and distressed debt capital markets industry where she excelled at placement and structuring of debt for highly levered businesses. Through this experience she has become knowledgeable in many industries including healthcare, energy, utilities, aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, retail, restaurants, casinos and hospitality, steel and manufacturing businesses. Currently she is a partner in the Hampshire/ Christie Opportunity Zone Fund, where she is seeking to raise 150MM of equity capital to invest in opportunity zones projects along the Northeast corridor, but primarily in New Jersey.
Mary Pat’s unique experience as First Lady of New Jersey has allowed her to see public policy up close and personal. Through this office she has advocated for a better path for our citizens who are re-entering the work force after a period of incarceration. These collaborative efforts, along with a better approach to drug and alcohol addiction for our prisoners, has resulted in a lower prison population and a reduction in the recidivism rate from 37% in 2010 to 31%, in most recent studies.
The highlight of Mary Pat’s philanthropic work is chairing The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund. Mary Pat launched this organization in the aftermath of the second worst natural disaster in our country’s history. She enlisted the help of the corporate community, to personally raise over $41 Million and distribute 95% of the money collected to programming and services. The NJ Grantmaker Report cited HSNJRF as the #1 funder of NJ Sandy recovery efforts. Additionally, Mary Pat founded the non-profit foundation, New Jersey Heroes, which recognizes and promotes everyday New Jersey citizens active in community service. She also served as President of the Drumthwacket Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps maintain the NJ Governor’s Residence. She currently serves on the board of Carrier Clinic in Skillman NJ and Orexo a specialty pharmaceutical company headquartered in Uppsala Sweden.
Mary Pat received her MBA from Seton Hall University and her undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Delaware. She lives in Mendham NJ with her husband Chris whom she has been married to for thirty years, and their four children.