Chris spends most of his time on issues and projects to combat climate change, including philanthropic support and for-profit investments. Chris serves as Executive Chairman of Ripple, an enterprise blockchain company based in San Francisco. Prior to Ripple, Chris co-founded and served as CEO of Prosper, a peer-to-peer lending marketplace, and E-LOAN, a publicly-traded online lender. During his tenure at E-LOAN, he pioneered open access to credit scores by making E-LOAN the first company to show consumers their scores.
Chris has also been active in consumer privacy issues for over two decades. His efforts include founding Californians For Privacy Now, which backed a ballot initiative for financial privacy that secured 600,000 signatures and eventually resulted in the passage of SB1, providing the strongest financial privacy rights in the country. He is a board member of Electric Privacy Information Clearinghouse (EPIC), a DC-based privacy rights organization.
Chris also co-founded RippleWorks, a philanthropic organization that provides expertise to promising start-ups in the developing world and underprivileged communities in the US. The 20+ person team has completed over 125 projects since 2015, reaching over 200 million people. Chris is an alum of Stanford Business School (’91) and San Francisco State University, where he was named alum of the year in 2003.
Support open-source data platforms to improve accountability for climate targets and to catalyze markets for low-emission products and services
Accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy by supporting policy solutions that create robust, competitive markets
Global Strategic Communications Council (GSCC) - $3M Global
Run out of Brussels, a network in 18 countries working to fight climate disinformation
Woodwell Climate Research Center - $3M Global
Arctic permafrost project
Conservative Energy Network - $1M U.S.
CEN is a national network of state-based organizations focused on promoting clean energy innovation rooted in conservative values
Drive Electric Campaign - $10M Global
Global effort to advance smart government policies to drive electric vehicle (EV) supply and demand.
Collective Action Fund - $1M U.S.
Uses lawsuits to hold the fossil fuel industry accountable for climate damage and deception
Potential Energy Coalition - $5M U.S.
Led by John Marshall, Potential Energy is a nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition that brings together America’s leading creative, analytic, and media agencies to shift the narrative on climate change
Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund - $1M U.S.
Fighting disinformation from incumbent industries focused on disadvantaged communities
Purchase of an Omni200 GPRS unit to convert solid municipal waste to green hydrogen
Blue Planet, Inc. - $1.5M Global
Carbon capture and sequestration in materials used to make concrete
Support for the Conscious Crypto Creator Campaign
Conservation Internation - $1M Global
Support for Ocean sustainability and protection
Support for solar desalination projects
Bought 300 tons of CO2 removal – supporting progress towards lower-cost direct air capture
Families for Future - $250k U.S.
Support for parents and grandparents coming together to protect our kids from pollution and global warming
"Change the code, not the climate" $5M Global
The mission is to stop Bitcoin from polluting the planet
Works to build clean energy markets and reduce carbon emissions through policy wins
Palau Blue Economy Project - $1M Global
Conservation International Foundation acting as the sponsor of the Palau Blue Economy Project
republicEn.org is a project of the Center for Climate Change Communication at
George Mason University
Down Ballot Climate Partners - $1M U.S.
an early-stage political startup that helps organizations and donors invest in local
elections with outsized climate and
environmental justice impact
Evangelical Environmental Network - $500k U.S.
(EEN) is a ministry that educates, inspires, and mobilizes Christians in their efforts to care for God's creation, to be faithful stewards of God's provision, to get involved in regions of the United States and the world impacted by pollution, and to advocate for actions and policies that honor God and protect the environment
American Conservation Coalition - $500k U.S.
organization dedicated to mobilizing young people around environmental action through common-sense, market-based, and limited-government ideals
Our vision is an equitable world built on respect, access, opportunity, distributed power, and advancement for all people
350 is building a future that's just, prosperous, equitable and safe from the effects of the climate crisis
Mission is to develop and advance policies that accelerate breakthrough innovations that reduce emissions in the energy and industrial sectors
Blockchain x Climate Leadership Network - $250k U.S.
an activist-to-industry network of global stakeholders working together to define and author principles that govern climate-related blockchain efforts, develop shared understanding and narratives across sectors, and design tangible and meaningful cross-chain and cross-industry climate initiatives and projects
World Resources Institute - $1.5M Global
WRI works with governments, businesses and civil society to transition toward a zero-carbon economy where all people can thrive
an ambitious clean energy initiative at the intersection of three connected ventures that deliver holistic real-world solutions, explore the improbable, and focus on cleantech innovation
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