Christine Esckilsen is the chief human capital officer at Piper Sandler. She sits on the firm’s leadership team and oversees human capital, marketing and communications, meetings and events, community relations, travel and real estate. She focuses on strategic initiatives, including acquisitions, and works to further organizational effectiveness, employee development and the firm’s overall culture. Esckilsen also serves as the in-house employment lawyer. She is a member of the firm’s diversity and inclusion council.
Esckilsen worked as in-house counsel for Piper Sandler prior to the firm's spin-off from U.S. Bancorp in 2003. From 1995 to 2002, Esckilsen was in private practice at Littler Mendelson in California.
Esckilsen has served on the board of directors of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis since January of 2016. She is currently a chair of the governance committee. Additionally, she served on the board of directors for MAP for Nonprofits from 2010 to 2015 and chaired the board in 2015.
Esckilsen received a bachelor's degree in English and Spanish from Michigan State University and a Juris doctorate from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the bar associations of the states of California and Minnesota.