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Chris Hensman

Director of New Programs

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Todd Spoth

Chris explores and vets new areas of work to expand Arnold Ventures' efforts to address some of the most pressing social problems in the United States.

Chris previously served as a diplomat and advisor throughout the Middle East. He has worked within the National Security Council at the White House as the Director of Communications Planning, as well as at the Bureau of Public Affairs, the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and most recently, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, overseeing Rebuild Texas Fund programming for Hurricane Harvey-impacted counties in Southeast Texas.

A graduate of Connecticut College with a B.A. in Government, Chris also holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. An avid volunteer, he resides in Houston, Texas with his wife and their three children.

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Todd Spoth
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New Programs


Arnold Ventures funds projects to understand problems and identify policy solutions.

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