Christine Mackay

Board Member

Christine Mackay was named Community and Economic Development Director with the city of Phoenix in August 2014.  She is responsible for leading the Business Development Team, including the areas of business attraction, business retention and expansion, small business and entrepreneurial efforts, downtown development, international, retail and workforce development.

Prior to coming to Phoenix, she was with the city of Chandler for 16 years as a member of the Economic Development Team, with the past six years in the position of Economic Development Director.

During the past five years, she has helped locate or expand more than 150 companies into the Region, brought 22,000 jobs, added nearly 3 million square feet to the industrial/office base and brought more than $6 billion in capital investment in to the community.  Some of the larger companies Christine has worked are Bank of America, eBay/PayPal, Marvell Technologies, Wells Fargo, Intel, Freescale, International Rectifiers, Isola, General Motors, Verizon Wireless, Orbital Sciences, Honeywell, Toyota Financial Services, Garmin, Pearson, CDW, Hensley, Air Products, Avnet, EDMC, Qualcomm and Ports America, to name a few.

In 2007, Christine was named the "Economic Developer of the Year, Large Community" by the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED).  In 2010, she was named "Leader of the Year in Economic Development–Public Policy" by the Arizona Capital Times, and in 2011 she was named "Industry Leader of the Year – Economic Development" by Arizona Commercial Real Estate and in 2012 she was named "One of the 50 Most Influential Women in Arizona."

Christine is a member of the Economic Development Director's Team for Greater Phoenix, which focuses on enhancing the region, and she participates in committees that include Maricopa Association of Government's "Building a Quality Regional Community," the Biosciences Roadmap committee through the Flinn Foundation, the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Commercial Office Real Estate Executives (CoreNet) the Arizona Association for Economic Development (AAED) and the Arizona Business Incubator Association.

She grew up in Scottsdale, but moved to Chandler is 1992, and has spent most of her career in commercial real estate in the Metro Phoenix area, including work at a private sector commercial real estate where Christine was the Research Director for a commercial brokerage firm.