Chris is the Founder and CEO of The Mission Center L3C, Founder and Managing Member of The Mission Center Management Services LLC, Founder of The Missouri Community Healthcare Co-Op Inc. and serves as Senior Lecturer of Social Entrepreneurship at Washington University in St. Louis.
After receiving his undergraduate degree from Truman State University and his Masters from the University of Illinois, Chris was a community organizer for the Illinois Coalition for Community Services (ICCS). Through this role, he assisted hundreds of low-income social entrepreneurs start, scale and sustain non-profit organizations that were organized to address issues of common concern in their communities.
In 2007, Chris joined Washington University in St. Louis’ Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. There, he helped develop the community based social entrepreneurship education program and oversaw the University’s Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Competition (SEIC) which awards over $155,000 a year in social venture capital to startup social enterprises. As a direct extension of his work at the University, he began to develop the concept of The Mission Center, L3C in early 2007 with his colleague from the Brown School of Social Work, Barbara Levin.
On his path toward fulfilling the vision of The Mission Center L3C, Chris left Washington University in the summer of 2009 to join Yurbuds and worked with the rest of the management team to get through the initial product launch that ultimately resulted in the company being named Forbes Magazine’s “9th Most Promising Company in America” for 2009.
After helping to launch and scale Yurbuds, Chris went full time at The Mission Center L3C in April of 2010.
The Mission Center L3C is the St. Louis hub for social entrepreneurs. We educate and coach those engaged in social start-ups and run an ongoing Accelerator for more mature ventures, Our job is to work ourselves out of a job by connecting Accelerants to the wider world of experts, mentors and investors.