Chris came to the US from Berlin, Germany in 1992.
Chris was the Evaluation Program Manager for GEAR UP at the University of Michigan, School of Social Work, a federally funded college access program where she developed a strategic plan and built collaborations across university departments.
Chris supervised and coordinated the activities for several AmeriCorps VISTAS, work-study and UROP students, facilitated workshops for other university partners that provided tools on how to collect student data, and she developed a universal assessment tool.
In addition, Chris was the second Study Abroad Faculty Leader at the University of Michigan, Center for Global and Intercultural Studies/Global Course Connections. In that position, she built relationships with universities in Germany and the Netherlands which teach urban-based social work for student internships. Chris infused comparative policies, identifying global issues, such as prostitution/human trafficking; juvenile delinquency/juvenile incarceration and immigration/refugee crisis.
As a Graduate Research Assistant, Chris worked at the National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan, supervising undergraduate students working on a longitudinal study of underrepresented students in STEM programs.
She has a Bachelor Degree in social work from Georgia State University and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Michigan majoring in Community Practice with a minor in Human Services Management (2010).