Christian John Lillis is executive director of The Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation (PLMF), a volunteer-led patient safety and disease awareness organization, co-founded with his brother, Liam, in the wake of their mother’s death from a clostridium difficile (C. diff) infection in April 2010. PLMF is building a nationwide C. diff awareness movement by educating the public, empowering those harmed by C. diff and shaping policy.
As a patient safety activist, Christian executive produced PLMF’s public service announcement, “FIGHT C. DIFF”, and a complimentary educational video. He has been interviewed for several print features on C. diff, including USA Today’s groundbreaking August 2012 cover story, “Far more could be done to stop the deadly bacteria C. diff,” and published opinion pieces in the Albany Times Union, KevinMD.com and The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
Christian is also managing director of prospect strategy & research at Teach For America. He has more than 14 years’ experience as a fundraiser and strategist for healthcare, LGBT rights, and education organizations. Prior to joining Teach For American in November 2009, Christian served in a variety of roles for diverse nonprofits, including as Director of Development for In The Life Media, Director of Major Gifts for the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and Associate Director of Development Research for NYU Langone Medical Center. He has also consulted for New York Eye & Ear Infirmary, 50Can, The Buckley School, Gilda’s Club, and the Brennan Center for Justice, among others.
Christian is a frequent speaker at conferences including the Mid-Atlantic Researchers Conference and Creating Change: The National Conference on LGBT Equality. He is the author of “In Memory of Mom: How Prospect Research Helped Our Family Turn a Tragedy Into A Cause” (APRA Connections, May 2012) and was a contributor to Prospect Research: A Primer for Growing Nonprofits by Cecilia Hogan. Christian co-authored, with his brother, the foreword to “Clostridium difficile: A Patient’s Guide.”
Christian is a former member of the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the City University of New York and the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement of Greater New York.
Christian began his fundraising career at Lambda Legal Defense.
He holds a B.A. in Political Theory from Brooklyn College, where he served a term as President of the LGBTQ Alliance and won The Donald G. Whiteside Poetry Award.
Christian is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He currently lives in Park Slope with his fiancée and their rescued “beagle baby”, April. His hobbies include Tae Kwon Do (he is a black belt), reading comic books and JD Robb’s “In Death” series, and burning off stress at his local Zumba class.