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Christopher Thomas

Fontinalis Partners
Founder & Partner
Detroit, MI
Chris is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis. Prior to Fontinalis, Chris worked at Ford Motor Company in Sustainable Business Development and Treasury, where he conducted financial and strategic analysis. Previously, Chris served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq where he was responsible for data communication systems and organizational change management. Before joining the military, Chris worked as an Investment Banker at UBS in San Francisco and New York within its Technology and Energy groups.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of one of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies, nuTonomy, and is the Chairman of Read to a Child, a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit. Additionally, he serves as a Board Observer of three of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Life360, SmartKargo, and SQLstream. He is also a member of the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel and a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems.

Chris earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in strategy. While at Yale, he served on the Honor Committee and graduated with distinction in former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s seminar on Faith and Globalization. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Chris is a resident of the City of Detroit and a staunch advocate of urban redevelopment and revitalization.