Director, Center for Community Service-Learning
Advisor of Community Engagement, USD Changemaker Hub
Chris has been working in the field of community engagement and development since 1994. Chris managed USD’s Community Outreach Partnership Center (COPC) funded by the United States Department for Housing and Urban Development. COPC programs provided economic and business development opportunities, public health services, early childhood education awareness, and landlord/tenant mediation for residents of Linda Vista. As the director of the Center for Community Service Learning, Chris' goal is to deepen the breadth and depth of community engagement for faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community partners in order to address “critical social issues through the beneficially mutual exchange of knowledge and resources.” Chris co-chaired the implementation of USD’s designation as an Ashoka Changemaker Campus and continues to serve as the Advisor of Community Engagement for the Changemaker Hub. Chris is recognized for his ability to forge campus/community partnerships in the areas of housing, poverty, economic development, education, social justice, fair trade, microfinance, and diversity and inclusion.
Chris is a leader in the area of community engagement in higher education. Chris secured a Social Innovation Generation grant from California Campus Compact with a goal to mobilize California colleges and universities to aid in the state’s economic recovery and renewal through community engagement, microfinance, and social investment. USD was one of six California campuses selected and Chris remains on the board for the San Diego Microfinance Alliance. Chris led USD’s involvement with four California universities that took part in California Campus Compact’s case study titled, Community/University Initiative on Diversity, Equity, and Service which focused on the integration of diversity and service-learning in higher education. Chris was one of 40 leaders invited to reflect on the future of the service-learning and civic and community engagement at Diving Deep: Campus Compact’s Institute for Experienced Civic and Community Engagement Practitioners. For his work, Chris was Selected as one of 50 “America’s Leaders of Change” by the National Urban Fellows.
Prior to USD Chris served in the United States Navy with the submarine force and with the United Nations in Bosnia during the Bosnian war. His degrees include a Bachelors of Arts in History, a Masters in Business Administration, and a Juris Doctorate.