• 0502222022

    Using the IPO financial model as a catalyst for moving our region forward, once and for all

    An IPO provides a critical shift in how we take ownership of these challenges to invest in a better future. It has an inherit expectation of delivering results—a real return on investment for our region in both human and economic terms.
  • 0419222022

    St. Louis' Challenges Are a Burden for Business. Here's How We Address Them.

    All of this brings up an important point: If we want our businesses to be more successful and our region overall, we need to realize our social challenges and our business challenges are inextricably linked.
  • 1223212021

    My Holiday Wish for St. Louis

    St. Louis is a generous and caring place. In times of need, we come together and take care of our own. At no time is this more evident than during the holidays—the Super Bowl of giving.
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    Dear Lou

    It’s Time to Build a Stronger, More Equitable, and Prosperous St. Louis—Once and for All
  • 0312212021

    Blessed to Be Bearing Witness

    As I think about my role at Beyond Housing, it is clearly a blessing to be able to have the same job for almost 28 years and still love coming to work because your organization makes a difference in so many lives each and every day.
  • 0128212021

    We Are Better Than We Think We Are But Not Quite What We Want to Be

    It is our belief that we are helping to create a stronger, more equitable and prosperous St. Louis—once and for all. It is true, we are better than we think we are but not quite what we want to be. At least, not yet.
  • 1125202020


    It has been an awful year in so many ways. The global pandemic, the never-ending battles faced by people of color, the political divisiveness … so what on earth would drive me to suggest that I am thankful?
  • 1104202020

    Bigger Than Golf: Why Preserving the Normandie Golf Club is Essential

    It’s only natural to ask—why is a nonprofit dedicated to transforming underserved communities getting into the golf course business? The simplest answer is that this isn’t really about golf. It’s about something much bigger.
  • 0828202020

    What Right Do We Have to Forget?

    We owe it to our neighbors, to St. Louis, and to ourselves to build up our underserved communities—and to do it right. Because our collective future depends on it. And that is something we should never forget.
  • 0810202020

    Learning to Hold Two Thoughts at the Same Time

    It is possible for us to hold two different thoughts at once. It is not that complicated to think through two different notions and see the perspective and truth within each. The phrase Black Lives Matter does not mean white lives don’t matter.
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About Chris

I’ve been working in community development in the St. Louis area for 25 years, and I’ve been the CEO of Beyond Housing since 1993. While I’m proud of our accomplishments, I don’t claim to be an expert. At Beyond Housing, the experts we listen to are the voices of the community members we serve. I’ll be raising issues here that I believe matter to our community. I hope you’ll join the conversation. We do reserve the right not to post comments containing offensive language. To paraphrase Dr. King, we can disagree without being disagreeable.