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Christopher Wheat

Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Policy Advisor at City of Chicago


Chris Wheat serves as Chief Sustainability Officer and Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Chris coordinates policies and projects across City Agencies to advance the Mayor’s sustainability agenda. His work has included expansion of the Retrofit Chicago Partnership, the passage of Chicago’s Disposable Bag Tax, and efforts to improve the City’s recycling program.

Previously Chris worked in a variety of policy areas as Director of the Mayor’s Innovation Team. Chris’ initiatives included the development of youth intervention programs, the establishment of Chicago’s minimum wage, and creation of the Mayor’s Second Term Priorities Report. Chris started his career in management consulting at Roland Burger Strategy Consultants and in finance at Stephens, Inc.

Born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas, Chris earned his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

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