Head of Business Development, lover of government, recovering lawyer
Chris currently runs business development at the venture-backed startup, OpenGov, and also serves as the company’s legal counsel. He draws on his years of experience as a corporate attorney and public servant to help shape and carry out the strategic vision of the company. On the business development front, he works cross-functionally with product, engineering and marketing to identify and develop a variety of corporate and government channel partnerships. As the company’s attorney, he is also responsible for negotiating third-party contracts and rendering advice on a multitude of legal issues.
Prior to joining OpenGov, Chris spent most of his career between private law practice, politics and government. After law school, he worked as a litigator at the San Francisco-based law firm, Morrison Foerster. After litigating a high-profile educational inequality case, he took a leave of absence to join the 2008 Obama campaign as the Deputy Finance Director of Northern California. After the President was elected, Chris returned to his hometown Sacramento to serve as Mayor Kevin Johnson’s Senior Advisor and Counsel, before moving to DC to serve in the Obama Administration. After a short stint in both the White House and U.S. Dept. of Justice, Chris moved back to the Bay Area and joined the law firm of Keker & Van Nest. There, he served as a litigator and trial lawyer, handling a wide range of criminal, civil, and regulatory cases.
Chris received a degree in Philosophy from San Diego State University, where he graduated magna cum laude. After a spending a year as a fellow in the California State Senate, he started working on his law degree at UC Berkeley School of Law, where he graduated in 2005. He currently lives in Oakland with his wife and young son.