Ron Christie

He recently served as a Resident Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics for the Fall 2011 term at Harvard University. From 2002 to 2004, he was Acting Director of USA Freedom Corps and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He began service at the White House in 2001 as deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy, advising the Vice President on policy initiatives in health care, budget, tax and other policy areas.

Ron Christie is Founder and CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, a communications and issues management firm in Washington, D.C. He presently on Christie is Founder and CEO of Christie Strategies LLC, a full-service communications and issues management firm in the Washington, D.C area.  

A native of Palo Alto, California, he received his B.A. from Haverford College and his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center. Christie has served as an Adjunct Professor of Strategic Advocacy at the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management. He has also taught a course on strategic advocacy at his alma mater, Haverford College, where he was appointed a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science in 2009 and 2011. Also an author, Christie has published two books (Black in the White House/Acting White: The Curious History of a Racial Slur) and will publish a new title examining the role of race and politics in the era of Obama in September 2012 with St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

Ron Christie appears in the following:

Political Party with Keli Goff: The Obama Years in Black and White

Sunday, October 02, 2016

As President Barack Obama's time in the Oval Office nears an end, we examine his impact on national conversations about race, justice, and inequality from policy matters to pop culture. 
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Political Party with Keli Goff: The Obama Years in Black and White

Monday, September 19, 2016

How has Barack Obama's presidency impacted national conversations on race, justice, and inequality? Keli Goff talks with Jonathan Alter, Don Lemon, Daryl Davis and Ron Christie. 


Minorities and the Midterms

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Former assistant to President George W. Bush, Ron Christie, and Republican strategist, Leslie Sanchez, talk about whether the GOP's approach to minority candidates and voters changed.

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Is There Such a Thing As 'The Black Community'?

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ron Christie contends there is no monolithic black community. Do you agree?

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As Sen. Ted Cruz Enters Hour 16, The GOP's In-Fighting Worries Some Republicans

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Seantor Ted Cruz’s faux filibuster against funding Obamacare lasted through this morning—his marathon entered its 15th hour at 4:41 a.m. ET and there was still no end in sight. Ron Ch...

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ROUND-TABLE: Is The Zimmerman Ruling About Race or the Justice System?

Monday, July 15, 2013

What is the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman story really about? Does it show the strength of our justice system and belief in our institutions, or the weakness of those institutio...

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SCOTUS Decisions Bring Landmark Change

Thursday, June 27, 2013

It may be hard to believe, but just one month ago, the United States was a very different place to live. There were historic Supreme Court decisions out on affirmative action, votin...


President Obama's Civil Rights Report Card

Monday, January 21, 2013

In the midst of all of today's pageantry, it's worth taking a step back and looking at what President Obama has done with his first term, especially when it comes to civil rights. Jar...

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Reacting to Election Results

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

The results are in, but what’s next for the country? The Takeaway's panel of political and cultural experts reacts to the results. Jeff Yang writes the Tao Jones column for The Wall ...

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Opinion: Why the Romney Surge is Real

Friday, October 26, 2012

When Mitt Romney is elected the 45th President of the United States in 11 days, historians and scholars will look back to the 1st presidential debate in Denver, Colorado as the pivotal point in the race.

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An Argument for Why Obama's Election Was a Step Backward for Race Relations

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Ron Christie, former special assistant to President George W. Bush, argues in a new book that President Obama and other black leaders have taken us a step backwards on race relations,...

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Follow Friday: The Democratic National Convention

Friday, September 07, 2012

As the Democratic National Convention wrapped up last night with President Barack Obama accepting his Party's nomination, Ron Christie, Takeaway contributor and Republican strategist,...


How Effective Was Paul Ryan's Convention Address?

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan headlined the Republican National Convention last night. Ryan is considered by many to be the face and brains of the party’s political...

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RNC Dispatch: For a GOP Insider, Convention a High School Reunion

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

I spied Herman Cain in the media filing center with a larger entourage of staff/hangers on than S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley who passed by going in the opposite direction?

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Follow Friday: Romney Picks Ryan, Escalating Attack Ads, and More Campaign News

Friday, August 17, 2012

Every Friday, The Takeaway reflects on the week that was in Follow Friday. This week, Farai Chideya, distinguished writer-in-residence at New York University’s Journalism Institute an...

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Looking at the Romney-Ryan Ticket

Monday, August 13, 2012

What are the political consequence of having Paul Ryan on the Republican ticket? How will it make a difference in November?


Opinion: What to Watch for in Romney's VEEP Pick

Thursday, August 09, 2012

An “outside the box” choice won't help Romney all that much, but his use of social media to unveil a pick already has.

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Follow Friday: Aurora, Romney in London and the Olympics

Friday, July 27, 2012

For this week's Follow Friday, we look back on this week's news and cultural stories, including the response to the theater shooting in Aurora, Mitt Romney's foreign policy, President...

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Friday Follow with Ron Christie and Jeff Yang

Friday, July 20, 2012

Every Friday The Takeaway takes a look back at this week’s big stories. From the politics of basketball to the ongoing battle between Republicans and Democrats, this week was full of tension.


Opinion: Sen. Rob Portman is the VEEP Frontrunner

Friday, July 13, 2012

Romney will need someone serious, experienced and able to step in to the most powerful job in the world.

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