Institute for Sustainable Development / Green Plus
Mission & History
Chris has spent over 20 years helping communities utilize sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and philanthropy as catalysts for economic growth.
Chris serves as Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and the Green Plus™ -- a program dedicated to helping America's smaller employers and their communities become more economically competitive through sustainable business practices.
Chris has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in strategic management at Oberlin College, Cleveland State University and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business.
After graduating from Oberlin College in 1989, Chris staffed Michael R. White in his successful bid to become Cleveland’s second African American mayor. He served as Mayor White's Special Asst. for Education and Co-Director of the Mayor's Office on Competitiveness from 1990 - 1995, as well as on Cleveland’s Board of Zoning Appeals for six years.
Chris holds an MBA from Case Western Reserve University, where he also served as graduate business student body president.
In 1998, Chris founded the Greater Cleveland Film Commission, which brought over $55 million in new motion picture business to northeast Ohio.
In 2002, Chris was selected for the American Marshall Memorial Fellowship. He has served as Trustee of a number of organizations promoting local business, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, economic development and the arts. Some of the boards on which he has served include the Greater Cleveland Partnership (www.gcpartnership.com); the Cleveland Film Society (www.clevelandfilm.org); Entrepreneurs for Sustainability (www.e4s.org); and the Civic Innovation Lab (www.civicinnovationlab.org). Chris managed the first campaign for public funding of arts and culture in Cuyahoga County.