Chris Bridges is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, where he served as an active member of the Black Law Students Association, the Asian Pacific Law Students Association, and the Latin American Law Students Association. He also holds an MS in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University and a BS in Political Science and BA in Criminal Justice, both from North Carolina Central University. Chris began his legal career in 2012 with the ACLU of Northern California as the Racial Justice Project Fellow, where he worked on school to prison pipeline issues as a member of the Education Equity team. Chris began his work at the Equal Justice Society in Oakland as the Butler Koshland Fellow and is currently focusing his legal advocacy on school discipline and education issues as well as inequities within the criminal justice system. To aid in these efforts, Chris is using social science, structural analysis, and real life experiences to help broaden conceptions of present-day discrimination to include implicit bias.

In his spare time, Chris started his own tech company – It Takes A Village Nation (www.ittakesavillagenation.com) - a social media platform where like-minded activists, creatives, community focused organizers, and business owners who identify as or primarily support, communities of color can connect virtually, coalition build intentionally, and strategize effectively, regardless of whether they are in the same zip code or on opposite coasts. ITAVN’s goal is to facilitate the creation of a socially conscious and supportive village on a digital platform.