Chris Hobbs has been with Arabella since 2010. As chief operating officer, Chris oversees the culture and talent, real estate, and technology functions. Working closely with the organization’s leadership team, Chris also sets and implements Arabella’s strategy. He is focused on creating an operating environment that allows Arabella to effectively help its clients achieve the ambitious social impact they seek. Chris is a natural problem-solver and efficiency-seeker with years of experience leading diverse teams. His expertise spans organizational capacity and infrastructure, talent development and retention, strategy implementation, and risk management.
Prior to becoming COO, Chris led Arabella’s management of several nonprofit organizations: the New Venture Fund, the Windward Fund, and the Hopewell Fund—all 501(c)(3) public charities—and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4). Under Chris’s leadership, Arabella moved the philanthropic field forward in establishing the practice of fiscal sponsorship and the use of intermediaries as an industry standard for innovation, advocacy, and donor collaboration.
Earlier in his career, Chris worked for the global health organization PSI, where he developed and implemented HIV and family planning programs in southern Africa. Before joining PSI, Chris managed grants and programs for the National Park Foundation. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. Chris and his husband live in Los Angeles with their daughter.