About Chris Cottrell

In the spring of 2017, Chris received his MBA from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. One of two recipients of the school’s most prestigious scholarship, he focused his studies on entrepreneurship and venture capital, leading a team from the school to win the international Venture Capital Investment Competition. While in school, he answered a longstanding desire to serve his country and joined the U.S. Army Reserve. Selected to be an officer in the military intelligence branch, he will commission as a Second Lieutenant in late-January 2018.

Prior to Georgetown, Chris was in management at Yodle, a growth-stage Fortune 500 company ranked ninth on Forbes list of “Most Promising Companies in America,” where he was the company’s youngest manager. Before that, he consulted on local political campaigns in Arizona after completing his baccalaureate in Political Science from Arizona State University where he interned at the Office of the Arizona State Treasurer Dean Martin. Chris and Treasurer Martin met in 2001 when Treasurer Martin was a Senator and together they worked on the legislation that became known as “Chris’ Law”.

Harboring a deep commitment to public service, Chris founded the non-profit Daddy Read a Book in 2013 based on his firm belief that early exposure to reading is fundamental to a lifetime of learning. He spoke at TEDx in 2013 in connection with that work.