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
Run out of Brussels, a network in 18 countries working to fight climate disinformation
Arctic permafrost project
CEN is a national network of state-based organizations focused on promoting clean energy innovation rooted in conservative values
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
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
Fighting disinformation from incumbent industries focused on disadvantaged communities
Purchase of an Omni200 GPRS unit to convert solid municipal waste to green hydrogen
Carbon capture and sequestration in materials used to make concrete
Support for the Conscious Crypto Creator Campaign
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
Support for parents and grandparents coming together to protect our kids from pollution and global warming
The mission is to stop Bitcoin from polluting the planet
Works to build clean energy markets and reduce carbon emissions through policy wins
Conservation International Foundation acting as the sponsor of the Palau Blue Economy Project
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