Christi Branscom rejoins Partners and GRACE Construction

February 6, 2018

Christi Branscom

Christi Branscom, who has served as the City of Knoxville’s chief operating officer and deputy to the mayor for the past five-and-a-half years, has rejoined her former firm, Partners, as chief operating officer and general counsel. She also has reassumed her position as chief executive officer of GRACE Construction.

“We are thrilled to have Christi back and, due to her recent in-depth experience in municipal work and development, Partners can now provide services to cities, counties and other public sector entities,” said Russ Watkins, chief executive officer of Partners.

While at the City of Knoxville, Branscom spearheaded a large number of visible and complex development projects, including negotiating the deal to transfer ownership of Lakeshore Park from the state to the city and preparing it for development; hammering out an agreement for Regal Entertainment Group to move its headquarters to the South Waterfront; and planning and overseeing construction of the city’s new Public Works Service Center on Morris Avenue.

“I knew that working in the public sector would be different than working in the private sector, but what I learned is that while sometimes the process is more complicated, it also offers the opportunity to really drive an entire community forward, which is very rewarding,” Branscom said. “At Partners, I now will be able to rely on this experience to assist other public sector entities in the areas of development, planning and finance.”

In a related move, Corey Shepherd recently joined Partners as director of business development. He worked in planning and economic development in the City of Kingsport for four years, giving Partners even more bench strength in the field of public consulting.

Partners, located in downtown Knoxville, has been in the real estate development business for more than four decades. GRACE Construction is a construction firm offering both residential and commercial building services.

About Partners

Partners is a full service, diversified commercial real estate development firm founded over 40 years ago with completion of more than 100 projects in the Americas and Europe. From traditional turnkey development to build-to-suit/leaseback to project management and owner’s representation, Partners has programmed, financed, developed, managed, owned and operated more than $1.85 billion in commercial, educational, industrial and residential projects covering over 17 million square feet across 19 states and five countries. For more information, visit

About GRACE Construction

With more than 40 combined years of hands-on experience in the real estate and construction industry, GRACE Construction offers a unique approach to development, design and construction in residential and commercial building, along with a complete array of real estate services. GRACE is a general contracting service managing residential and commercial projects from planning and site development through construction.  For more information, visit