SOCIAL IMPACT PIONEER, EDUCATOR, COMMUNITY BUILDER
Commissioner Christopher Foltz is an award winning public relations and brand development strategist, and Founder of the Chicago based Social Policy Institute, which focuses in research, training, and policy initiatives in the fields of education, housing, employment, restorative justice, healthcare, public safety, veteran affairs, social enterprises, and the environment.
From his roots in national politics starting at the age of 12, to a battle with drug addiction, 119 days in county jail, and losing everything to the point of homelessness by the age of 25, Chris reestablished himself as a prolific initiator of social impact and development in Illinois, and across the nation.
From strategies lending the creation of meaningful brand partnerships, crafted messaging and corporate give-back models, to forging a path as a top strategist to start-ups, global leaders, entertainers, athletes, government organizations, nonprofits and the people he serves in his community. Chris dedicates the majority of his time to research and advocating for the underserved through pro-bono work, lobbying and initiative implementation. In addition to his humanitarian efforts, Foltz’s educational impact reaches the classroom through his role as an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship & New Business Creation for both undergraduate and graduate school students at Chicago’s famed Columbia College.
Foltz has been featured in multiple newspapers, online publications, and media programs throughout the world and had the opportunity to speak across the nation on life, leadership, and organizational development. In addition to his work in social policy, Foltz currently serves as the Senior Advisor to the President of the National Women’s Political Caucus in Washington D.C. The NWPC is one of the most historically significant political caucus’ in America, and its founders contributed significantly in the passing of the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970’s. The NWPC is a multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women
A genuinely humble man with an echoing presence and , Chris’ numerous accolades and accomplishments aid in defining his true ability to serve the masses, and offers an in depth look into his visionary insight. Foltz’s recent recognition includes three Chicago Innovation Award Nominations, a two time American Red Cross Hero nominee, recipient of a Trumpet Award from the Publicity Club of Chicago, recipient of the Chicago Area Peace Corps Association Service Award, and a Nebraska Art History Award for Contributions to Humanity. It’s hard to go far in Chicago without hearing Chris Foltz’s name or seeing evidence of his impact.