Meet One of the Newest Members of the Kean University Foundation Board of Directors

Janauary 2024

The Kean University Foundation’s Board of Directors is a distinguished group of professionals who generously offer their time and expertise in support of the University. As such, we are pleased to introduce one of the Board’s newest members: Christina Carey Dunleavy ’98, who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Foundation.

Dunleavy began her career in the entertainment industry at Viacom, where she worked in special events and programming. She relocated to the Los Angeles area of California and took on roles at Studio City and Imaginary Forces, where she held roles as production coordinator, writer/producer and associate producer, respectively. Dunleavy eventually moved on to ABC Family (now Freeform), an affiliate of Walt Disney Television where she held numerous roles within On-Air Promotions.

In 2004, Dunleavy continued her tenure with Walt Disney Television as director of on-air promotions for ABC, which included linear, mobile programming and digital content, and then creative director at ABC. As creative director, she created, executed and managed overall strategy, branding, positioning and content for marketing initiatives, advertising sales, product launches, events and corporate initiatives.

Dunleavy relocated to Dublin, Ireland, to attend UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in which she earned her MBA degree. During her time in Dublin, she spent nearly two years as head of marketing and brand strategy for RTE, Ireland’s national public service media, a role which included management of portfolio marketing and strategy to drive big picture brand vision that positioned the business units as leaders in the evolving media landscape. In 2012, Dunleavy established her own marketing and brand consulting agency, affording her the opportunity to work with many great partners like Philanthropy Ireland, Publicis, Parentline and LauraLynn House.

Dunleavy returned to the United States in 2014 and, in the years that followed, held multiple positions in entertainment including director of CreativeWorks at ESPN (New York), vice president of client partnerships at NBCUniversal Media, LLC (California) and vice president of portfolio integrated marketing and partnerships at Discovery, Inc. In April 2021, Dunleavy returned to The Walt Disney Company where she is presently vice president of Disney CreativeWorks, Entertainment Solutions, and multicultural and inclusive marketing.

Dunleavy is an avid supporter of Kean University and the Kean University Foundation, having established The Shaw Scholarship for Educational Advancement and Empowerment. “I’m incredibly grateful for my time at Kean University. It proved to be a foundational experience, filled with amazing friendships, academic excellence and endless support,” she said. The journey truly set me on my professional path. My hope, as part of the Kean University Foundation’s Board of Directors, is to further empower students to achieve their goals through education and opportunity.

In September 2022, Dunleavy received a Kean Distinguished Alumni Award at the University’s inaugural President’s Alumni Ball. Additionally, effective January 16th, 2024, she will serve as an Adjunct Professor at Kean University in the Department of Marketing, Global Business and Economics.