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Chris Stewart

Chief Executive Officer, Brightbeam

Chris Stewart is Chief Executive Officer for brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and a brighter future for every child. He is a lifelong activist and 20-year supporter of nonprofit and education-related causes. Prior to brightbeam, he served as CEO of Education Post and chief executive of Wayfinder Foundation. Before that, he served as Executive Director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), a cross-sector network of black leaders working to develop and implement an urban policy agenda across five northwest states. In 2007, Chris was elected to the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education. In that role, he helped establish the Office of New Schools, an area of the Minneapolis Public Schools to implement school reform strategies. Since 2009 Chris has been President and Principal with Yielding Assets, LLC, a grassroots consultancy helping government, nonprofit, and foundation clients create self-sustaining, social good projects. Chris blogs and tweets under the name Citizen Stewart. He is based in Minneapolis.