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Chris Appleton  

Executive Director,WonderRoot

Chris Appleton is co-founder and Executive Director of WonderRoot, Atlanta's leading community arts organization. Founded in 2004 with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change, WonderRoot seeks to empower artists to have successful professional careers in Atlanta while affecting issues of social justice, environmental justice, health and youth development through the arts. Chris is an Atlanta native and alumnus of Georgia State University where he studied Creative Writing. Chris currently serves on the Board of Directors for Atlanta Celebrates Photography as the Governance Chair. Additionally, he serves on the Atlanta BeltLine's Public Art and Historic Preservation Advisory Board. A leader and voice for progressive change in Atlanta, Chris is a member of the 2013 Class of LEAD Atlanta, a fellow with the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers program and in the 2013 Class of New Leaders Council. Previously, Chris served as the founding Board President of Burnaway, one of Atlanta's leading media platforms for art coverage and reviews. In 2011, Chris received the Emory Center for Creativity and the Arts Community Impact Award. Additionally, he was name Top 30 Under 30 by Metromix in 2009. Beyond the Chris' professional work, he is an avid supporter of animal rights, lover of the outdoors and amateur vegan chef.

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