Chris was raised in Arlington, Virginia, and switched coasts for college, graduating from Pomona College with a B.A. in Environmental Analysis (Biology track). While at Pomona, Chris ran track and was involved in student government and educating local youth about the environment.
Chris is a proud alumnus of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (DDCSP) at University of California Santa Cruz. Through DDCSP and an internship working on community based climate change resilience in Alameda, California, Chris discovered and developed a passion for centering historically excluded communities in formulation of conservation and climate adaptation work. This internship, along with growing up so close to Washington D.C., going to college on the outskirts of Los Angeles county, and studying abroad in Costa Rica sparked Chris’ interest in how environmental science and policy can be used to create cities that are green, accessible, and equitable for all residents. Ultimately, Chris aspires to live in a world where the wellbeing of the planet and its people are placed above profit and where multiple identities, perspectives, and knowledge systems are used to solve problems.
When he is not working, Chris is going on hikes or long walks, cooking/baking, watching and playing sports with friends, or day-dreaming about starting a garden.