Christine O’Reilly-Riordan begins her 38th season with the White Sox and her fifth as Vice President of Community Relations/Executive Director of Chicago White Sox Charities after being promoted to the position in February 2015.
In her role, O’Reilly-Riordan is the driving force behind the White Sox extensive community outreach initiatives. She also has been instrumental in the creation of the White Sox Volunteer Corps (established in 2009), which has contributed in excess of 52,300 service hours to greater Chicago community – labor valued at more than $1.2 million – from more than 5,200 White Sox fans over the course of hundreds of service projects.
The Volunteer Corps was recognized with the 2011 Major League Baseball Commissioner’s Award for Philanthropic Excellence and the 2012 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy.
O’Reilly-Riordan also guides the club’s participation in the Chicago Sports Alliance, a first-ever collaboration of Chicago’s five professional sports teams who are working together to lend broad reach and resources to support solutions to decrease violence in our city. Launched in 2017, the Alliance has provided more that $3 million in funding and significant in-kind investments to bring awareness and solutions to programs addressing gun violence.
As Executive Director of Chicago White Sox Charities, O’Reilly-Riordan oversees the club’s charitable donations to nonprofit and social service agencies, with more than $32 million donated since CWS Charities was established in 1990. She also is deeply involved in the White Sox investment in inner-city youth baseball development, with nearly $500,000 in annual funding from the Charities impacting thousands of inner-city youth both on the baseball field, in the classroom and in life.
O’Reilly-Riordan graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in education. She and her husband, Greg, reside in Downers Grove. They have two children: Hayley (29) and Brendan (25).