Chris is a carbon-based entrepreneur, ex-neuroscientist, and autodidact. Chris has been a part of community development in State College since 2010, working with Groundswell, a non-profit that successfully banned hydraulic-fracturing (natural gas drilling) in the borough and in Ferguson Township.
Chris graduated from PSU with a B.Sc. in Psychology/Neuroscience, and managed a multi-million dollar pediatric neuroscience lab. Chris has published in the child development literature, scanned a lot of kids’ brains, and has given talks to PSU students about the role of emotions in decision-making and how they relate to judicial policy, marketing, and change-making.
Chris also managed DecisionVis, a local software company, as the COO. He's negotiated with government and large commercial clients, published in the decision theory literature, and successfully implemented the agile SCRUM software development methodology with his team.
Chris is currently working on SmallBatch, a community and economic project connecting young professionals with the culture and community of State College. SmallBatch creates sophisticated, exclusive events where young people can enjoy top-shelf spirits, live music, local art, and more meaningful conversations - a direct contradiction to the overconsumption of the undergraduate drinking culture downtown. Chris is working with local venues, musicians, artists, and restaurants to develop the culture in State College and create a community with which young people are proud to connect.
Chris is also a professionally trained public speaker and actor, a strong advocate for project-based education, and runs a sales-consulting business working mainly with startups in State College.