Outside of oSTEM, Chris is a communications consultant for science, technology, and social good initiatives, and is currently researching collaborative design for smart city initiatives. He earned dual bachelor's degrees in biology and English from Eastern Connecticut State University, and studied in the graduate writing program at George Mason University. With roots in pharmacogenomics, he believes the needs of civil society are better met with strategies grounded in complex ecological thinking.
Chris's first multi-media project produced for university health initiatives was named model program by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2009, his 10-part web series on the Stonewall Riots featuring founding GLF members was hailed as one of the best articles ever produced on the historic uprising. As managing editor of WINGS, a global philanthropy network, he designed and launched a communications program to help promote best practices and partnerships around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In 2015, he presented a framework for distributed social networking for civil society organizations to an international delegation in Turkey, and was later invited to consult on a national housing initiative launched by a U.S. organization advocating for diverse elders.
Outside of work, you'll find Chris deep in a book, exploring new cities, countries and cuisines, or satisfying his sci-fi and zombie cravings with Expanse, Star Trek, and Walking Dead reruns. He's a digital nomad to the core who loves dogs and the great outdoors, and he's pleasantly addicted to comics and anime, electronic music, and coffee culture.