Christopher A. Brown is president of National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI). Chris has been with NFI since 2000, having previously served as executive vice president. Chris oversees NFI's strategy and business model development and implementation, operations, and fundraising. He is responsible for the development, implementation, evaluation, and improvement of NFI’s products, programs, training, and services.
Chris has played a critical role in shaping NFI’s focus as the leading provider of fatherhood skill-building resources in the country and the leading trainer of practitioners seeking to offer fatherhood programs in their communities. In his long tenure with NFI, he has been the organization’s foremost developer of its world-class fatherhood programs. Brown has authored or co-authored flagship NFI programs such as 24/7 Dad® and InsideOut Dad®, its more recent, innovative programs such as Understanding Dad™, and many workshops, brochures, pocket guides, and other skill-building materials.
An applied anthropologist and author of several journal articles and book chapters on issues related to child health and well-being, he has studied masculinity cross culturally, especially as it applies to fatherhood and men's health and well-being. He has appeared as a fatherhood expert in media outlets, including the L.A. Times, New York Times, Nick Jr. Magazine, and CNN. He served as a social marketing specialist and health communications consultant with the Texas Department of State Health Services before joining NFI. He received his bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of North Texas and his master's degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida.
Chris lives in the Austin,Texas area with his wife and two daughters, ages 18 and 15.