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Chris Ritten

Chris Ritten

Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Extension: ext. 350
Departments: Administration, Institutional Advancement


Chris is a member of the executive leadership team at Fenwick and manages all aspects of the institutional advancement department: marketing/communications, alumni relations, events, honors and awards, and philanthropy.


Chris and his wife Kathy have lived in Oak Park for twenty-five years. Kathy was born in Oak Park and her father attended Fenwick, class of ’49. Chris and Kathy have five daughters, all of whom attended Fenwick.


Chris grew up in Minneapolis and attended Saint Thomas Academy, an Archdiocesan school with a Dominican charism. After college, Chris spent two years with a lay Catholic volunteer organization working as a youth minister on the south side of Chicago. After graduate school, Chris spent twenty years in the business world, the majority as an institutional fixed income salesman with two Wall Street firms. Chris left that business in 2007 to transition into the non-profit sector and since then has worked almost exclusively in Catholic school advancement. Chris joined Fenwick in August 2016.

Other interests:

Chris is an active St. Giles parishioner, enjoys all of his daughters’ activities and keeping up on global affairs.


B.A. English and Business, University of Notre Dame ’84

International MBA, Thunderbird School of Global Management ’87