At this age in life, a bio is as useful as a resume. There are a variety of uses and places that having a up-to-date bio is necessary. Here are some bios that I have crafted in recent years. A bio is a story, and how I tell it depends on the moment, the audience and the setting.
board service | Chad is Executive Director of the Community Investment Network, which inspires, connects and strengthens African-Americans and people of color to leverage their collective resources to create the change they wish to see. Over the past decade, he has worked with multiple foundations nationally supporting economic justice, movement building and immigrant rights. In 2001, he was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. In 2008, he was an ABFE Fellow. He served on the boards of Resource Generation, and the 2009 Endorsement Committee of the Freelancers Union PAC.
Two transformative moments in his life were: being 8 blocks from the twin towers on 9/11, and being a White House intern for 7 weeks in the scandalous summer of 1998. Since then he has been reminded of the significance of electoral politics, food and interdependence by reading Gary Rivlin’s Fire on the Prairie,Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, and Octavia Butler’s sci-fi slavery classic, Kindred. Chad has spoken about storytelling, people and possibilities at Making Money Make Change, the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, the International Human Rights Funders Group, and GoodWork among others.
Chad supports community supported agriculture for the fresh onions and other veggies, public libraries for the book borrowing, and drinking fountains since there is no bottle afterwards. He studied Economics and History at Macalester College in the Twin Cities. Chad’s been on the board since November 2008, spending his time weeding, tweeting and eating in The Stone House gardens, under the grape vines or in the kitchen.
board service | Chad is Executive Director of the Community Investment Network, which inspires, connects and strengthens African Americans and people of color to leverage their collective resources to create the change they wish to see. As the grandson of a Tuskegee Airman, son of a former diplomat and generations of women who teach, Chad is a descendent of integrated schools and U.S. foreign policy.