Christi Branscom (’87)

Category: Accomplished Alumni | Awards

Christi Branscom is the Deputy to the Mayor/Chief Operating Officer for the City of Knoxville. She also currently serves as president of the UT Chancellor’s Associates. Branscom graduated from UT in 1987 with a degree in finance with honors and now works as the deputy to the mayor and chief operating officer for the City of Knoxville. She has a principal broker’s license and a law degree.
Before becoming deputy to the mayor, Branscom was the senior director of public works. She was featured in the 2012 May/June issue of Tennessee Public Works magazine as the first woman in the Knoxville’s history to hold this position.

Previously, Branscom served for twenty years as legal counsel and managing broker for Partners Development, a comprehensive real estate development firm specializing in facilities planning, financing, and development. In 2007, she became a 50 percent owner of the company.

In 2003, Branscom established Grace Construction Inc., a woman-owned business with a license to perform both residential and commercial construction in the state of Tennessee. The company was selected as the general contractor for the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition television production in Knoxville that aired on November 26, 2012. It has also won several awards, such as the 2012 Builder of the Year award from the Home Builders Association of Greater Knoxville.