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Chris Bohner, Principal

An experienced researcher working with the labor movement, environmental justice organizations, and affordable housing and tenant groups.  

Labor

I've been part of the labor movement for over 25 years, working on organizing and contract campaigns, strikes and boycotts, community and political campaigns, communications and worker education, pension investments and benefits, and legislative and regulatory policy.  I've worked with the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, UNITE HERE, the Culinary Workers Union Local 226, and a variety of worker-centers. 
 

Housing and Alternative Finance

I started my career researching discriminatory practices and redlining by banks and mortgage companies, advocating for funding for Community Development Financial Institutions, and providing research in support of the first community development bank in Washington, D.C.  While in Las Vegas, I developed the Culinary & Bartenders Housing Partnership Fund in Las Vegas, a revolving loan fund providing down payment assistance for union members seeking to purchase a home.  In addition, I served as a trustee for a $1.5 billion defined-benefit pension fund in Las Vegas, and provided research to union trustees at several large funds.  I ran as a director of a $370 million credit union as part of the “move your money” movement, and most recently provided research and campaign support to a tenant union and immigrant rights organization fighting displacement in Northern Virginia.

Shareholder and ESG

I have led many successful shareholder campaigns and proxy fights in support of environmental, social, and governance reforms of public companies.  Most recently, I collaborated with institutional investors to reform climate change policies at utility and energy companies, and hold asset managers accountable for proxy voting.

Skills and Area Experience

Investigative research and financial analysis, industry and corporate research, financial markets and capital strategies, campaign strategy development and tactics, organizing and community coalition building, zoning and planning issues, political campaigns and policy, affordable housing and food policy, environmental policy and energy, investment strategy and asset allocation, writing, communication and messaging, and staff training and development.