Chris Watts is a dynamic leader who builds partnerships to solve problems. Appointed to build the congressionally chartered National Fitness Foundation, Chris developed a unique public-private model and pioneered new strategies that has delivered millions of dollars to schools across the country to address youth physical activity & fitness. Signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010 as the official charity of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, the Foundation administers the Presidential Youth Fitness Program, the nation’s model for fitness education that impacts over 5 million children in schools nationwide. As the Executive Director and Secretary of the Board, Chris oversees all aspects of the Foundation's programs, fundraising, partnerships and operations.
Previously, Chris explored the intersection of profit & purpose as a social entrepreneur with 4POINT4, an innovative sportswear company that donates proceeds to charity. From 2010 to 2014 Chris served in the Obama Administration, where he led partnerships with corporate and community stakeholders for the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! Initiative.
Prior to graduate school, Chris began his career as an engineering analyst at Kimley Horn. Chris’s work has been recognized by numerous leading organizations, including the World Economic Forum, Forbes Magazine, and the Aspen Institute. A proud Pittsburgh native with an engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Chris earned an MBA from George Washington University and is currently advising nonprofits with Social Venture Partners.