Faculty & Research

Christina Hachikian

Christina Hachikian

Adjunct Associate Professor of Strategy; Executive Director, Rustandy Center

Christina Hachikian is the founding executive director of the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Since its establishment in 2012, she has lead the center’s global work as the hub for people solving complex social and environmental problems. Under her leadership, the center has become an integral part of the university’s social impact ecosystem and been a force for embedding social impact as an integral part of Booth. She has been instrumental in building the center’s support base, including a more than $30 million endowment. She leads a team of 18 people operating in Chicago, Hong Kong, and London dedicated to advancing research and developing the people and practices that will accelerate social change.

Hachikian also teaches several of Booth’s social impact courses, focusing on topics including scaling social innovation and social enterprise strategy. She also serves as a coach for the John Edwardson, ’72, Social New Venture Challenge, the social impact track of the university’s nationally ranked startup launch program. She speaks on social entrepreneurship and innovation globally, on topics including the evolution of the social sector with an eye towards global trends, as well as how social impact is evolving at business schools.

Hachikian has contributed substantially to the education and workforce development sectors. She has volunteered since 2014 as executive coach for the executive director of VOCEL, an early education nonprofit. She is also a board member for AutonomyWorks, a for-profit marketing services firm employing adults with autism, serving as the company's social benefit director under benefit corporation status. Hachikian was a 2017 McCormick Foundation Executive Fellow, the Erikson Institute’s leadership program. She has served on a variety of other committees and boards, including the City of Chicago Office of the Mayor’s Early Childhood Workforce Committee and UChicago Impact, the implementation arm of the Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago.

Prior to joining Booth, she was vice president and head of investor relations and corporate development for Cole Taylor Bank. Prior to Cole Taylor, Hachikian was an assistant vice president at ShoreBank (now Urban Partnership Bank), a triple-bottom line community development bank. There she was responsible for managing projects including growth strategy, capital raising initiatives, and operational efficiencies.

Hachikian holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with a focus on strategic management and managerial and organizational behavior. She also earned an AB in public policy from the University of Chicago.


2019 - 2020 Course Schedule

Number Title Quarter
34110 Social Enterprise Lab 2020 (Winter)
34722 Scaling Social Innovation Search Lab 2020 (Spring)
42125 Social Sector Strategy and Structure 2020 (Winter)
42823 Social Sector Strategy and Structure 2020 (Summer)

Other Interests

Social Enterprise, Social Innovation, Financing Models in the Social Sector, NP Mergers