Christopher Mekal specializes in strategic planning and implementation, nonprofit organizational development, and financial management.He has worked with the World Bank, Management Sciences for Health, IBM, and other organizations, facilitating strategic and tactical planning and rapid implementation. He is the former finance and operations director for Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where he coordinated its first strategic plan, which led to a $25 million capital campaign. At the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Mekal directed the development of the Institute's new museum, a seven-year, $50 million project. The New York Times called the new museum, which opened in December 2006, "...the most important building to rise [in Boston] in a generation." While directing that project, Mekal also worked with Management Sciences for Health, which serves over 140 countries helping to solve pressing health problems, as well as with the Williams College Museum of Art and other organizations on strategic planning issues. Wth another consultant, Mekal also led Philadelphia's Fabric Workshop and Museum through a strategic planning process, and worked with them to advance their planning and consideration of a new museum. He was a Center management panelist in 2009.