An expert in bringing social innovation, youth development and entrepreneurship along with urban farming techniques to underrepresented communities, Christopher honed his organizing and entrepreneurial skills at Howard University while studying political science and business, developing a human rights centered world view as area coordinator for Amnesty International.
Chris further developed his skills in social entrepreneurship and innovation as a Starting Block Fellow and honed his skills in growing techniques at Growing Power and the University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center.
His call to social organizing led him to leave Howard to form Dreaming Out Loud, Inc. (DOL), which fully embraces urban agriculture and cooperative social enterprise as mechanisms for changing communities. DOL founded and manages Dreaming Out Loud Community Markets, a network of farmers markets and mobile farm stands that serve as the organization’s platform for advocacy, improving community health, impacting youth and furthering community economic development. The organization is also working to establish a 2-acre urban farm in Ward 7 in the District of Columbia.
Chris was selected as a 2015 Ashoka-American Express Emerging Innovator, a finalist for Ashoka Changemakers’ Nutrients for All competition, and one of 50 Under 50: Innovative Leaders Transforming Metro DC’s Food System. He is a frequent speaker on social innovation, urban agriculture and regional food systems, and the food justice movement.
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