Chris is a native Minnesotan, originating from the Twin Cities, and currently resides in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He graduated from Saint Louis University (SLU), one of the oldest private and Jesuit institutions in the country. Jesuit education calls on us to become “men and women for and with others,” to make the world a better place by seeking justice and serving the most vulnerable among us. In response to this, Chris also spent 6-months in Cape Town, South African studying and serving in the local community.
Chris is also an alumnus of the Coro Fellows Program, an intensive, full-time, graduate-level fellowship in leadership development, public affairs, and systems-level thinking. The fellowship uses the city as a classroom and exposed him to the challenges and opportunities of today’s complex urban environments. As such, Chris has experience working in multiple sectors of public affairs, including non-profit, labor, government, electoral politics, and public and private equity-backed businesses. It was here that Chris was introduced to many barriers to social and impact-driven entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining SEED SPOT, Chris supported innovators, start-ups, and entrepreneurial communities through means of community workspace, event services, and innovative programming at Alley Powered by Verizon in Washington, DC. He supported similar functions at Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) in St. Louis.
Outside of work, Chris enjoys riding his bike through the city, playing tennis, and hyper-analyzing HBO drama series. He eats just about anything and can be found happy-dancing while doing so. Pre-COVID, Chris also loved to travel and was an avid concert-goer. He is hopeful he will return both to these pastimes one day soon.