Meet Our Leadership Team
Associated Black Charities is able to fulfill its mission and continue its battle against the effects of structural racism because of our dedicated leadership team and inspiring staff members.
Chrissy M. Thornton is the President and CEO of Associated Black Charities. A native New Yorker, she is a high energy, creative, and outgoing executive with a professional attitude and diverse experience. Chrissy possesses an effective combination of technical, managerial and communication abilities along with excellent organizational and team building skills. She's been recognized for developing professional staff training programs to revitalize departments and implementing organizational change efforts into growing businesses.
Experienced in organizational diagnosis and the design and facilitation of large-scale events and staff development activities, Chrissy has a twenty-year background in successful fundraising, donor and corporate relations, digital engagement, grant writing, and the seamless execution of exceptional meetings, events, training seminars, team building sessions, education conferences, fundraisers, peer -to-peer activities, and more!
Chrissy is the author of 6 works, most known for the publication, Stop Scrambling, Start Bringing Home The Bacon: A Guide To Establishing An Effective Fundraising Plan for Your Non-Profit Organization. She is a former real estate investor and franchise owner who believes in the power of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and economic education and development. Having served as an independent consultant to non-profit organizations of all sizes across the country, Chrissy has successfully supported many with diagnosis and rebuilding, Board and committee onboarding and development, fundraising plan creation and execution, marketing and branding support, and the implementation of innovative fundraising and engagement activities.
Chrissy is passionate about community involvement and is the Immediate Past President (2016 – 2021) of the Board of Directors for ArtsCentric, a color-conscious theatre performance organization. Her volunteerism includes service as the Administrator for The Carter Legacy Singers, a community-based performance ensemble named in honor of the late Dr. Nathan M. Carter of her alma mater, Morgan State University and service to the community through her membership in Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. Chrissy is also the Immediate Past Eastern Regional Teen Advisor (2018 – 2022) and Immediate Past President (2020 – 2022), recognized nationally for award-winning programming for children, of the Greater Baltimore County Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., a membership organization of mothers with children ages 2 – 19, dedicated to nurturing future African American leaders by strengthening children through leadership development, volunteer service, philanthropic giving and civic duty. She additionally founded My Girl Power Hour (featured in the Baltimore Sun) where she has offered a discussion and event series empowering women to overcome obstacles and live their best lives. Chrissy serves on a number Boards and Advisory Councils throughout Maryland, including the Greater Baltimore Committee, Color of Crohn’s and Chronic Illness, Baltimore Center Stage, and Baltimore Homecoming. She is also a member of the 2024 Class of Leadership Baltimore County, a Daily Record 2023 Maryland Top 100 Woman, and a Baltimore Sun 2023 Top 25 Woman To Watch.
Chrissy has a Master’s degree in Business with a concentration in Organizational Management, and is a sought after public speaker (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Health Equity and Access, Entrepreneurship and Business, Energized Leadership, Wealth Building, Women's Empowerment, Non-Profit Messaging (Stakeholder Engagement), and Motivation).
Chrissy M. Thornton
President and CEO
Director of Operations
Director of Finance
Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships
Director of Culture & Community
Manager, Programs & Workforce Strategy
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO
Board of Directors
Tony Torain II, Esq.
Chair, Board of Directors
Associate VP of Housing & Community Development
NFHA (National Fair Housing Alliance)
Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors
Founder and CEO
Organization At Its Best
Chief of Staff
Michelle M. Brown, MBA
VP, Sr. Treasury Management Sales Officer
Natasha M. Dartigue, Esq.
Maryland Office of the Public Defender
Byron T. Deese
Chair, Development Committee
Relationship Development Manager Glass Jacobson Financial Group
Founder and CEO
Lenserf and Co.
CEO/Chief Solutions Architect
Neutron Engineering LLC
Cylia Lowe-Smith, Esq
1st Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Supervisory Senior Assistant Regional Counsel
Kishka-Kamari F. McClain, Esq.
MedStar Health, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer
Murphy Enterprise, LLC
Christopher “Chris” R. Rockey
Treasurer, Board of Directors
Chair, Finance Committee
SVP, Northeast Territory Executive
Community Development Banking
Taber J. Small
Secretary, Board of Directors
Chief Operating Officer
The Cordish Companies
Granville Templeton III, Esq
2nd Vice Chair, Board of Directors