Christa K. Santos, Independent Board Member
Accomplished marketing and media strategist, Christa Santos founded CKS Marketing Communications in 2004. CKS Marketing Communications provides integrated marketing communications for small to medium-sized businesses. As a boutique agency, the CKS Marketing Communications partners with a network of highly talented practitioners with unparalleled expertise in both agency and corporate marketing environments. Services include public relations, marketing, event management and advertising. CKS Marketing Communications helps organizations and nonprofits become more profitable and sustainable through customized marketing strategies and implementation.
Christa Santos is a seasoned marketing communications professional with more than 20 years’ experience. In her consulting role, she helps emerging companies, organizations and nonprofit agencies develop effective strategic plans and implements integrated marketing and public relations activities to help leverage exposure and increase business development.
Santos has worked with the University of Central Florida as an integral team member directing marketing communications efforts regarding business incubation, entrepreneurship, economic development and venture capital activities for more than a decade. She has also worked with a variety of small businesses, healthcare organizations and nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis in high tech, professional services and medical technologies.
Santos is currently involved in nonprofit and community organizations including Tech Sassy Girlz and Nemours Children’s Hospital and has served on the advisory board for several organizations: AceApplications, Knight Federal Solutions, St. James Cathedral School, GrowFL, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She served as the former president and vice president for the American Marketing Association Central Florida Chapter. Santos has been involved with the Small Business Development Center’s Advisory Board Council and Small Business Resource Network, UCF Business Incubation Program (approved service providers) and NAWBO Orlando Chapter (marketing committe and PropelHer Business Pitch Competition event).