He has helped improve business performance at Dow Chemical, Olin Corporation, Lubrizol Corporation and Haviland Enterprises in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Currently, he is Director of the Sustainable Community Development Initiative for Grand Valley State University.
Mr. Christopher has a BA from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Connecticut. He also completed the Program for Management Development at Harvard University.
Mr. Christopher is also active in the Grand Rapids community. He is past chairman of the Family Owned Business Council, a 2000 graduate of the Leadership Grand Rapids Class, and assisted in the formation of the Community Sustainability Partnership (www.grpartners.org). He also serves currently on the boards and advisory groups including the: City of Grand Rapids Sustainability Advisory Team, Seeds of Promise, Michigan Chemistry Council, NSF Joint Committee on Sustainable Business and Industrial Furniture, and the Environmental Technologies Trade Advisory Committee of the United States Department of Commerce. Mr. Christopher was also appointed to serve on Governor Granholm’s Michigan Climate Action Council.
Mr. Christopher has also contributed articles and papers to various journals, periodicals and books including Sustaining Michigan: Metropolitan Policies and Strategies, Michigan State University Press. He also currently teaches several MBA sustainability courses in the Seidman College of Business at GVSU.