Chris is a Louisiana native who moved to Colorado in 1997, and is proud to call Colorado Springs his home. With more than thirty years of combined experience in the government, business, and nonprofit sectors, he brings a professional, creative, and passionate approach to program management, resource development, coalition building, and social justice advocacy.
His passion for social justice advocacy has driven his ongoing commitment to community collaboration and engagement. Prior to joining Friends of the Children, Chris was the program manager at the Independence Center of Colorado Springs, the Director of Regional Programs at Colorado Health Network, Executive Director of Inside Out Youth Services, Program Officer with the Gill Foundation, and volunteered at several local high-impact organizations including Inside Out Youth Services, The Colorado Springs Human Relations Commission, NAACP, CASA of the Pikes Peak Region, Southern Colorado AIDS Project, and Pikes Peak Suicide Prevention.
Chris has focused much of his energy on advancing equal rights and opportunities for all individuals by providing education and outreach to promote a deeper understanding of the effects of social and institutional oppression and discrimination, and by advocating for policy changes that create a healthier community for everyone. He believes the key to successful social justice and civil rights advancement is in building strong alliances that highlight shared values, and connect ideas, resources, and people to enhance and achieve a common vision.
Chris was a Colorado Political Leaders Fellow of the Center for Progressive Leadership and a graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak’s Signature Program and the Center for Creative Leadership. He studied finance and organizational management at Louisiana State University, and holds a degree in computer programming.