My Story


My story begins With a small child raised in rural mississippi...And continues to this very day.

I was born and raised in the rural southern United States, where I lived until I was 11. I was a curious child, my two great loves were reading and playing with legos. I did not discover the outdoors until after college, still not a big sports guy. I spent the rest of my formative years living in Florida.

I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Central Florida in Orlando, FL. I graduated cum laude with Bachelor's degrees in International & Global Studies and Marketing. During that time: I studied International Business in France, did social media and email marketing at a local chamber of commerce, worked as a research fellow in global economics and then in Middle Eastern studies, worked in a computer lab, and got involved with every environmental organization at my school. I joined in and eventually led a project to build a sustainable aquaponic farm with Engineers without Borders. It was in college that I discovered my passion for the environment and the future of food, when me and my best friend built our own aquaponic farm in our backyard. We grew greens and raised fish and rethought our relationship with food.

After graduating, I moved up here to Washington to work as an intern on exchange programs at the International Center for Journalists. Early in my internship, I was hired on to do fundraising and development full-time. I ran fundraising campaigns, helped manage events and managed fundraising records in both their Raiser’s Edge and Salesforce databases. I went on to manage those databases for the whole organization and led the project to transfer all of the data to one platform. After finishing this and a few other projects, I decided that I would take a sabbatical and switch gears. I took up photography, writing, podcasting, ukulele, taking long walks in the forest, and meditating. I learned a lot about myself in the process.

Now, I work on digital fundraising platforms and programs with the World Food Program USA, and am putting all of my skills and experiences to use. I still live in the District of Columbia and I still write and podcast and pretend I can play ukulele well. I still seek ways to contribute to the betterment of the world and myself by telling stories better.

That's me! Christian Madonna.

That's me! Christian Madonna.

Christian Alexander Madonna

International Development and Communications Professional

I am an international development and communications professional with a background in nonprofit fundraising, project management, databases, and research. I managed events, databases, and fundraising campaigns as Development Associate at the International Center for Journalists. Prior to that role, I interned at ICFJ, working on their Pakistan exchange and education programs. I graduated Cum Laude from the University of Central Florida in 2015 with degrees in both International & Global Studies and Marketing. I minored in International Business while studying abroad in France. I am skilled in project management, writing, photography, website design, Salesforce and Raiser’s Edge databases, office suite applications, online marketing campaigns, and international relations study and analysis.

I write and produce my own projects that can be explored at this website, I experiment in different media including websites, photography, and podcasts

Skills I bring to the Table

  • Communications, internal and external, digital or otherwise

  • Writing, researching, editing, proofreading and publishing content for web

  • Photography, audio and video recording and editing

  • MS Office, Google Suite, Salesforce CRM & database administration, Email marketing, Web design and analytics, WordPress and HTML, Email and Social Media marketing

Most Recent Positions


Digital Fundraising Associate, World Food Program USA
Washington, D.C. February 2018 - Present

- Online marketing and fundraising

- Website, Social, and Email: coding, analytics and reporting

- Data Management and Process Improvement

Development Associate, International Center for Journalists
Washington, D.C. January 2016 - April 2017

- Produced and edited communications materials

- Database Administrator for Salesforce and Raiser’s Edge

- Served as point of Contact for individual and corporate donors

- Updated work processes to utilize cloud-based solutions, including managing the migration of all fundraising data to Salesforce

- Implemented new integrated donation process and built new donation page for website

- Managed multiple fundraising campaigns raising more than $10,000 and the organization's most successful Year-End fundraiser which raised more than $28,000

If you’d like to know me better, contact me from the buttons below. I am always ready to get a cup of coffee. And I am always happy to meet a potential new friend, connection, or business partner.
— Me