Chris Walsh

Ambassador of Creativity, "The Geek from the Creek", media maker, entrepreneur, family man, kayaker, and chocolate chip cookie enthusiast.

Chris specializes in e-learning product development, technology-enhanced classroom instruction, and education reform. Prior to co-founding Brightstorm, he was a program director at WestEd, a leading K-12 services organization. There, he led content development for the U.S. Department of Education's "Doing What Works" website. He is also the founding director of the Google Teacher Academy, a highly successful professional development program that helps K-12 educators get the most from innovative Web 2.0 tools. Previously, Chris was the director of technology at the KIPP Foundation, a successful network of public charter schools preparing students in underserved communities for success in college. Prior, he was the vice president of business development for Angel Engineers, a venture-backed Web services firm.

In spite of his experience in the non-profit and business world, Chris considers himself a teacher at heart. He spent eight years as a middle school teacher and education technology coordinator, and he loved every minute of it. Today, he continues to be actively involved with the K-12 community, often speaking at education events throughout the U.S. He is also the host of live webcasts for the National Education Computing Conference and Computer-Using Educators conference, and is the creator, producer, and host of the Infinite Thinking Machine.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and a Master of Education from UCLA. He also earned a master's degree in Learning, Design, and Technology from Stanford University.