Christopher Crater currently serves as the Community Engagement Associate for the Obama Foundation where he is a member of the Public Engagement Team. His primary responsibilities function to mobilize communities, stakeholders and grassroots leaders, around the construction of the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) in Jackson Park. In addition to community engagement oversight, Christopher aids in program management for the Obama Youth Jobs Corps (OYJC) which increases access to economic opportunity through workforce development training for inner-city high school students. He also serves on the action team for My Brother’s Keeper Chicago, helping to advance initiatives that support young men of color as they navigate social emotional needs, education and career planning. Prior to joining the Obama Foundation Christopher served as Director of Community Programs for Urban Prep Academies.
When he is not working on behalf of his community in his professional capacity, he volunteers his time and energy serving as the Youth Ambassador for the Washington Park Chamber of Commerce and also serves on the Board of Directors for DePaul University’s Business Council on Homelessness & College Mentoring Experience. Christopher earned his Bachelor of Arts in Radio Television from Mississippi Valley State University and his Masters in Communication Studies from Arkansas State University. He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.