Chris Crane worked 25 years in for-profit businesses and the last 19 years in social entrepreneurship. He co-founded Edify in 2009, which makes loans and/or provides training to 7,000 schools educating 2 million children living in poverty in 11 developing nations.
For the seven years before that, Chris was CEO of Opportunity International, the world’s largest Christian microfinance organization, which then had 10,600 direct and indirect staff, and operations in 28 countries with 1.5 million active clients.
Earlier, Chris acquired and served for eight years as CEO of COMPS InfoSystems. He led it through two rounds of private equity, an IPO and acquiring 13 other companies, before selling COMPS to another public company. For this, he was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 1999.
And earlier, he was a venture capitalist. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Chris transitioned from CEO of Edify to Board Chairman two years ago. His new venture is Faithful Mentors, which matches Christian social entrepreneurs with Christian mentors.
Chris connected with Halftime Institute more than 15 years ago and has been involved ever since.