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Chris’ desire to found and serve in WYLD stems from his passion for youth, the backcountry wilderness, and his roots in Los Angeles spanning back six generations. Chris fell in love with wilderness education through freshmen pre-orientation backcountry trip in Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina.
Chris has worked as a wilderness instructor for various agencies over the last 15 years and is philanthropically engaged throughout Los Angeles and California, especially with regard to education reform and sustainable living. He has served on various boards and funding committees, including Synergy Academy Charter Schools and the Downtown LA Music Center’s 50th ‘Next 50,’ initiative. Chris holds a BA in Public Policy from Duke University and an MA in Public Policy with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from UCLA.
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