Christopher Boston is director of sustainable communities for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Milwaukee. Chris leads the organization’s strategy for comprehensive community development and serves as its liaison to the Washington Park and Harambee neighborhoods. Chris is also an ordained minister and serves as pastor of Lamb of God Missionary Baptist Church on Milwaukee’s northwest side.
Chris was born and raised in Milwaukee. He earned a degree in International Business Management from the University of Wisconsin- Lacrosse, after graduating from Shorewood High School.
After a early stint in international customer service, Chris began to appreciate that business might not be his passion. He was drawn more toward social activism, and he felt was called to be a community organizer.
He was introduced to both community organizing, and an organization called Milwaukee Catalyst, which conducted research and organizing regarding education reform. Christopher began to understand the politics and relationship building that would bring him to work at his vocation. He began to spend time with Milwaukee Inner City Churches Allied for Hope (MICAH) and soon became the group’s education organizer.
Chris increased his knowledge of community organizing methodology by earning certifications from the Midwest Academy, The Center for Third World Organizing, and Gamaliel, a worldwide grassroots network. Chris became the youngest executive director in MICAH’s history, and continued seeking opportunities for inclusion for all Milwaukee residents.
He left MICAH to become president of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). While at BAEO, his resume was forwarded to the Milwaukee chapter of LISC, a national organization committed to helping neighbors build communities. Their platform includes all aspects of healthy civic life: Supporting healthy environments and lifestyles, expanding real estate investment, increasing family income and wealth, stimulating economic activity, and improving access to education.
Christopher became an ordained minister in 2000, and believes that his faith is what grounds him in his work. Chris is married to Tonnie Boston; they are the parents of Tarek and Caius, age two. The family resides on Milwaukee’s north side.