Chris Balme

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Co-Founder and CEO, Spark
Chris Balme is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spark, a nationally recognized nonprofit working to raise high school graduation rates. Chris has taught with the Breakthrough Collaborative and in the Philadelphia public schools. He co-founded Spark in 2004 after working in a Philadelphia middle school, where he saw firsthand how many students were disengaging from school while extraordinary learning opportunities in nearby workplaces went unused. In recognition of his accomplishments at Spark, Chris has been honored with the Bay Area's Jefferson Award for Public Service, the New Leaders Council “Top 40 under 40” Leaders Award, the Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship and the Ashoka Fellowship. Chris has represented Spark on the Today Show, NBC Nightly News, NPR and other media.
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