Ted Christians Chief Executive Officer

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Ted Christians joined Umoja in 1999 as an intern while working on his master’s degree at the University of Chicago, and in May 2011, he assumed the role of the organization's Chief Executive Officer.

Over his years of service to Umoja, Ted has held positions ranging from Student Advocate to Program Director to Chief Operating Officer.  His professional experience and fields of interest include education, youth development, community development and organizing, and juvenile justice. Ted earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Calvin College and received a Master of Arts from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. 

He also earned a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Nonprofit Management as a Kellogg Executive Scholar at the Kellogg School of Management, was a 2014 recipient of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Alumni Club of Chicago fellowship to the HBS Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program and was a 2015 recipient of the Harry L. Davis Executive Education scholarship at Chicago Booth. In 2015, Ted was selected among national leaders to participate in the White House College Opportunity Day of Action.

He is a member of the Leadership Greater Chicago Class of 2008 and is a 2017 University of Chicago Civic Leadership Academy fellow. Ted also serves as a member of several citywide education groups in Chicago including the CPS High School Working Group, Generation All, the Chicago Consortium on School Research To & Through Advisory Group, and is a board member of the Friends of STEM Magnet Academy where his two sons attend school.