Director of Development, Alumni Affairs and Development
Christy Agnese joined Cornell University as the director of development in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in October 2019. In this role she partners with the associate dean and strategically manages the alumni engagement and development efforts to further the initiatives and priorities of CALS.
Before joining CALS, Christy served as the vice president for advancement at Albright College, in Reading, Pennsylvania. Previously, Christy worked at Ithaca College in the School of Music overseeing their external relations and operations, as the executive director for Habitat for Humanity in Tompkins and Cortland Counties, and at The Philadelphia Orchestra, with roles in education and community partnerships and in major and planned giving.
She earned a bachelor of arts in music from Ithaca College and a master of science in arts administration from Drexel University. A graduate of the HERS Women’s Leadership Institute and Leadership Tompkins, she is the past president of the Ithaca College Alumni Association Board of Directors.
Christy lives in Trumansburg, New York with her husband, Dan Agnese, a physical therapist at Cayuga Medical Center, her daughter Viviana, and their adopted greyhound, Riley. They are proud craft beverage producers and enjoy spending time hiking in the beautiful Finger Lakes.
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