Chris Tessone

Director of Finance and Operations;

Chris Tessone was the director of finance and operations of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a Bernard Lee Schwartz Policy Fellow, and editor of Fordham's Stretching the School Dollar blog. He is now the chief operating officer for the SeeForever Foundation and the Maya Angelou Schools.

Prior to Fordham, Chris worked in the hospitality industry, including three years as an associate in the Atlanta and Paris offices of the Vagus Group, a boutique management services firm. Chris was an Education Pioneers fellow at the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education during the summer of 2010 consulting on the District's financial products for public charter schools.

Originally hailing from the Land of Lincoln, Chris holds an M.B.A. in Finance and Decision Sciences from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, where he was a Fuqua Scholar, and a B.A. in Russian with College Honors from Knox College. He and his wife live in Silver Spring, MD.