Tim McChristian has served as Madison’s Executive Director since 2017. Prior to joining the Madison family, Mr. McChristian served as the Executive Director of the African Leadership Foundation in the United States, which supports the African Leadership Academy based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His primary responsibilities included fundraising, execution of graduate support programming, and organizational leadership. Tim became involved with the African Leadership Academy while living and working in South Africa with IBM.
Previous to the African Leadership Foundation, Tim had a 35-year career, primarily with the IBM Corporation. His last position with IBM was as Vice President of the Systems Technology Division for the Middle East & Africa region where he was based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Other senior executive roles included serving as General Manager for the Asia Pacific region based in Tokyo, Japan; Vice President, General Manager, Global Computer Services Industry; and Vice President of Worldwide Sales for the Global Business Partner Organization.
Tim’s deep board leadership experience comes from working with organizations including A Better Chance, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and the Student Sponsorship Program in South Africa. Tim is also a legacy member of the Executive Leadership Council.
Tim received his Bachelors of Science from Yale University and his Masters in Business Administration in Finance from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. Tim was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and attended Phillips Andover Academy through a sponsorship from A Better Chance. Tim and his wife, Debbie, reside in Harlem and have two grown children.