Chris Swope Cholewa

Affiliate Assembly Liaison, Knowledge Sharing Subcommittee Chief Executive Officer, HandsOn Suburban Chicago (U.S.)

Chris Swope Cholewa is the Chief Executive Officer of HandsOn Suburban Chicago and a 25-year+ veteran in the nonprofit sector. Chris provides strategic and thoughtful leadership and builds strong relationships with partners and communities mobilizing people to inspire change. HandsOn Suburban Chicago drives change in 44 communities by connecting over 6000 people annually to engaging volunteer opportunities. Chris’s background includes executive leadership, capacity building, strategic planning, board training, fund development, communications and more than a decade of program experience. For over eight years, Chris operated as the president and CEO of a consulting firm and held leadership roles for local, national and international nonprofits. Chris has served on local and national boards and chambers, is active in local government and currently serves on the Points of Light Global Affiliate Assembly. Chris is dedicated to inspiring others to use their time, talent, and voice to help others and is committed to “Being the change that you wish to see in the world.”