Chris Hooten is a non-profit professional with extensive community service, education, and event planning experience. His youth development and education experience ranges from teaching English in rural Rwanda to serving on the state board of Circle K, a statewide collegiate non-profit encouraging students to engage in public service. He has earned multiple awards and honors for his community service and commitment to youth development, including the Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award and Community Service Leader Media. He has served as an AmeriCorps VISTA working to engage youth from under-supported communities. He graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Gender Studies.
Chris has been vegan for over three years and regularly mentors others in adopting a plant-based diet. He also coordinates a Vegan and Vegetarian Meet Up for LGBTQ+ individuals called VegOut in Washington D.C. He is passionate about creating gender, racial, environmental, and economic justice by supporting leaders who challenge and combat oppressive systems in their communities.