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Business Advisory Council: Christina Bark

Christina M. Bark, J.D.
Christina Bark & Associates

For over 20 years, Christina Bark has been a catalyst for change through her multi-faceted career as corporate leader, attorney and entrepreneur. A graduate of Vassar College and Stanford Law School, Ms. Bark was enchanted by New York's Hudson Valley in the 1980's and made it her permanent home in 2003.

Ms. Bark's business advisory firm specializes in strategic planning, business transformation, leadership development, risk management and change implementation. She combines her entrepreneurial spirit and creative strategic vision with a commitment to achieving measurable results. Recently, she served as Interim Executive Director of Historic Huguenot Street, a National Landmark Historic District, in New Paltz, New York, which deepened her commitment to furthering the economic vitality of this region.

Ms. Bark serves as a consultant for the Council of Industry, the Manufacturer's Association of the Hudson Valley in Newburgh, NY. She has a strategic alliance with Beyond Wealth Management, a comprehensive financial planning and wealth management firm, to design and implement business transformations to meet a business owner's financial and retirement goals. Ms. Bark serves as a facilitator for Ingage, Inc., an inspirational consulting firm dedicated to improving profitability by aligning leaders, teams and talent to emotionally engage with their work.

Prior to founding her own firm, Ms. Bark was Global Leader of Business Affairs for Oliver Wyman, a leading international management consulting firm. Ms. Bark's business acumen is complemented by her broad legal expertise. She served as Chief Legal Counsel for Oliver Wyman prior to its acquisition by Marsh & McLennan, as General Counsel of Scient, Inc. and as a Senior Attorney for IBM. Her dedication to pragmatic problem-solving was ignited in private practice as an attorney with Proskauer Rose LLP, a New York-based firm and Porter Simon, a California- and Nevada-based firm.

In the spirit of combining her passions, Ms. Bark stays in and out of trouble as an outdoor enthusiast and the mother of an adventuresome youngster. She also serves on the Board of Historic Huguenot Street.