Meet The Arabella Team

Chris Hobbs

Managing Director

Chris Hobbs leads 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). Chris is a natural problem solver who helps philanthropists and social entrepreneurs achieve their charitable goals by implementing innovative collaboratives, developing groundbreaking national and international campaigns, and designing effective grant-making programs.

Under Chris’s leadership, Arabella has led the way in establishing the practice of fiscal sponsorship and the use of intermediaries as an industry standard for innovation, advocacy, and donor collaboration. Chris applies this approach across issues, including conservation, education, global health, and gun violence prevention. He has years of experience leading a diverse team, and his expertise spans business development, donor management, compliance, and financial management.

Prior to joining Arabella, 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 the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, DC with their daughter Zuri.

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