Christi Branscom is a native Knoxvillian with an honors degree in finance from the University of Tennessee and a law degree from the University of Memphis. She has enjoyed a successful career as COO / General Counsel and Principal Managing Real Estate Broker at Partners Development for more than 20 years.
In 2003, she established Grace Construction. Grace Construction was selected as the builder (and the first woman-owned company) for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition production in Knoxville for the Watson Family and Restoration House, which resulted in a two-hour Thanksgiving Special that aired on ABC in November of 2012.
In 2012, she left her work in the private sector to dedicate herself to public service, and she joined the City of Knoxville administration as the Senior Director of Public Works. Fifteen months later was promoted to Deputy to the Mayor/ Chief Operating Officer. Branscom is the first woman to have been named to either position in Knoxville history.
While at the City of Knoxville, Branscom spearheaded a large number of visible and complex development projects, including negotiating the deal to transfer ownership of Lakeshore Park from the state to the city and preparing it for development; hammering out an agreement for Regal Entertainment Group to move its headquarters to the South Waterfront; and planning and overseeing construction of the city’s new Public Works Service Complex.
She has served on the governing boards of many non-profit agencies and arts organizations, including her long–term involvement and support of the Cancer Support Community (CSC). Branscom raised $25,000 for the CSC by running marathons, and was a 2016 American Cancer Society Hope Gala honoree.
She is a Fellow of the Knoxville Bar Foundation, a recipient of the 2014 University of Tennessee Accomplished Alumni Award, a 2015 YWCA Tribute to Women honoree, and a 2011 Woman of Achievement for the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians. Branscom is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Knoxville and a 2017 graduate of Leadership Tennessee.