Dr. Christopher Hershey
Boasting over two decades of public service, Foreign Service, diplomatic, and decorated military experience, Dr. Christopher Hershey’s multifaceted career history grants unique insight into the intricacies of operations management. His leadership style has proven successful in both local municipal and federal government, as well as in the nonprofit sector. He prides himself on a solutions- oriented approach to management, guiding organizations of all sizes with the same dynamic philosophy: strong teams cultivate strong relationships, both within and without. He has a compelling history of guiding multi departmental teams in not only meeting, but exceeding company goals and objectives through adherence to organizational needs, priorities, and policies.
Dr. Hershey has managed numerous political campaigns and served in the role of City Manager and Chief Administrative Officer. As such, he brings a high-level of accountability and oversight experience. With a keen eye for opportunity and a tenacious drive to succeed, he thrives in an environment that prizes independence. His practical development and determination of goals and methodologies has resulted in highly effective teams and a culture of collaboration within the organizations he has managed. He has extensive experience in Policy formulation, Committee Liaison, contract negotiation, day-to-day operational analysis, managing and motivating personnel, and strategic planning as well as working with local government agencies, surrounding communities, and political leaders.
After serving as Executive Director of Meals on Wheels, Dr. Hershey joined the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer with the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement. In both positions, he oversaw distribution of multi-million dollar budgets and monitored effective utilization of personnel. His primary responsibility as Foreign Affairs Officer was to promote diplomacy, augment economic development projects, and strengthen public relations. This required strategic management of personnel and distribution of resources. Later he worked on high-level policy initiatives and special projects related to accountability and oversight. He also served at The White House as International Policy Advisor. After leaving the Executive Office of the President, he was appointed to serve as a Diplomatic member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations in Vienna. There he attended high-level bilateral meetings and negotiations.
Dr. Hershey is a proud veteran and has earned numerous military awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal and two Achievement Medals. He has served four tours in the Middle East. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Thomas University with his Doctorate in Education. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from North Carolina Central University and is a graduate of the Executive Director Leadership and Management program from Duke University.
As a staunch Education and Human Rights advocate, to combat bullying, Dr. Hershey published a children’s book entitled The Art of Peace. He also published a public management and leadership book to inspire those seeking careers in public service – The Vision to Serve: Cultivating a Legacy of Public Service and A New Passage to Modern India: The Struggle for Universal Human Rights in India vis-à-vis its Transformational Economic Growth. He is married to Rebecca Hershey, Esq., a public policy advocate and former civil rights attorney. Together they are raising their three children to be public servants and ambassadors of positive change.