Christopher N. Malagisi leads and manages strategic partnership and outreach efforts with key institutions, organizations, and leaders nationwide to advance the mission of Hillsdale College. He is also responsible for marketing and recruitment for the Van Andel Graduate School of Government in Washington, D.C., and had been instrumental in its development and launch.
Malagisi came to Hillsdale College with nearly two decades of professional experience working in politics, business, media, and education, and is an expert in public affairs and advocacy, external relations and outreach, marketing and communications, building and managing coalitions and strategic partnerships, public policy, and executive management.
He previously served as CPAC Director & Director of External Relations at the American Conservative Union, and most recently as Editor in Chief of the Conservative Book Club at Salem Media Group, where he hosted its flagship podcast on the Ricochet Audio Network, and was a reoccurring weekly contributor on The Mike Gallagher Radio Show.
Malagisi trained thousands of candidates and grassroots activists as Director of Political & New Media Training at The Leadership Institute, and served as their Educational Director of Conservatism 101. Additionally, he was an Adjunct Instructor for six years at American University teaching History of the Conservative Movement and Campaigns & Political Activism, and worked at the International Republican Institute training and supporting democracy advocates throughout the Middle East and Afghanistan.
He received his Master of Public Administration degree from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a dual B.A. from American University in Political Science and the Communications, Law, Economics, and Government Interdisciplinary. Additionally, he has completed fellowships with the Claremont Institute (Lincoln), National Review Institute, Liberty Fund, and the Hoover Institute at Stanford University.
He has been a guest analyst on Fox News, OAN, C-SPAN, and numerous talk radio shows, is a guest columnist at Townhall.com, and has been published in over two dozen publications. He was recently awarded America’s Future Foundation’s William F. Buckley Jr. Leadership Award for significant achievements in advancing conservatism, and was recognized as a “DC Mover & Shaker” in Campaigns & Elections magazine.
Additionally, he has worked on five presidential campaigns in coalition leadership positions, is a coalition member of the Conservative Action Project, and is a member and former trustee of The Philadelphia Society. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he has sailed around the world, visited over 40 countries, and is a parishioner of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Washington, D.C.