Chris Fontana is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Global Visionaries. Launched in 1999, through Chris’s leadership GV has led more than 1,200 students and adults to Guatemala. An important aspect of his work is the co-creation of Global Leadership curriculum for Seattle area schools, first taught at the Global Studies Academy at Cleveland High School. He has an extensive background in cross-cultural training, and taught Spanish to middle and high school students for 13 years.
Chris’s passion for engaging youth in global leadership was evidenced in 1995 through his organization of YES, youth-organized Global Youth Environmental Summits. The 1995 Summit, sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Program, brought 300 high school students from 32 countries and 40 states together for one week of education in environmental and peace issues, social action, leadership skills, and direct environmental service. For his efforts, Chris won the 1995 Colorado Partners in Education Award. In 2008, Chris was an honoree of the Thomas C. Wales Passionate Citizen Award, and was honored by Seattle University’s Albers School of Business with its 2011 Redwinged Leadership Award.