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 be in training from the fall of 2017 to mid 2018 and spent this summer in Philadelphia as a fellow at the John Jay Institute.
Prior to seeking his MBA, 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 BS 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”.
Chris hails from Arizona – where he spent spent most of his life, Texas – where he lived as a boy, and Ohio – where his family roots go back to the earliest settlers of the state and where he lived as a child. His childhood was filled with dreams of being a cowboy, first on horseback, and then as a quarterback in the NFL.
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.--- Follow @chriscottrell