About Christopher Whitaker runs the civic technology consulting firm CivicWhitaker, which includes clients such as the Smart Chicago Collaborative and Code for America. He utilizes his experience in government and community organizing to advance civic innovation in Chicago. Whitaker also serves as the Midwest Brigade Coordinator for Code for America, supporting civic innovation across the Midwest. He has been honored as a White House Champion of Change for Civic Hacking. He is a graduate of DePaul University (MPA) and Sam Houston State University (BA, Political Science). Previously, Whitaker served with the US Army in Iraq as a mechanized infantryman.