Commissioner Christopher Foltz is a renowned brand development catalyst, educator, and celebrated inspirational speaker. From his roots in national politics, to a battle with drug addiction, incarcerated rehab, and losing everything to the point of homelessness, Chris has re-established himself as one of the top social enterprise strategists in the world, specializing in strategic partnerships, message development, and corporate give-back programs for many global industry leaders, corporations, start-ups, entertainers, and athletes.
In 2010, Foltz used the last $140 he had to his name and started his Chicago based firm to foster his commitment to social responsibility, the global community, and connecting clients to their desired impact base. Christopher Foltz Collaborative, L3C has been recognized throughout the nation as one of the first agencies to require charitable give-back models amongst their entire client roster and was the first public relations strategy firm in America to re-incorporate as a Low Profit Limited Liability Company (L3C) and function as a Social Business Enterprise. In 2013 Foltz was named an Ambassador of World Peace by Claes Nobel, senior member of the renowned Nobel Prize family, and World Peace One.
Incorporating his leadership roles as a part of his ongoing mission to create social change, Chris currently serves as the Association Board President of A Safe Haven Foundation, the nation’s largest foundation focused on ending homelessness. In 2013 A Safe Haven Foundation was recognized as one of twelve “Champions of Change” by the White House. Foltz also serves as a Metropolitan Committee member for Life Goes On – the Illinois Organ Donation Program, Chairman of the University of Illinois Chicago Robotic Kidney Transplant Ambassador Program, an active member of the Business Opportunities Committee of the Illinois Governor’s Taskforce on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise. In addition to Foltz’s public sector work in Chicago, he is also the youngest municipal Commission Chairman in the history of Deerfield, Illinois, serving on the village’s Community Relations Commission. In the academic arena, Foltz serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Arts, Entertainment and Media Management department at Columbia College Chicago. In the 2013 fall semester, Foltz will be the only faculty member teaching graduate level course on Entrepreneurship and New Business Creation.
His constant involvement in the community and charitable programs were at the forefront of his agenda when he moved the Collaborative’s headquarters from a loft in Chicago’s trendy River North location, to a ground level storefront in an underserved region in Chicago’s West Side. It’s hard to go far in Chicago without hearing Chris Foltz’s name or seeing evidence of his company’s impact.