Christopher Crane, MBA
Chris Crane is Chairman and Co-Founder of Edify.org, a nonprofit social enterprise that makes small business loans to Christ-centered schools educating impoverished children in Africa and Latin America. Edify has loaned $18 million to 1,600 schools since its first loan in 2010. From 2002 to 2009, he served as President/CEO of Opportunity International, the world’s largest faith-based microfinance organization with 10,000 direct and indirect staff. During this time, Opportunity grew from 375,000 clients to 1.5 million active clients. Private donations, the primary revenue source, grew from $8 million to $51 million, a compound annual growth rate of 30%.
Before entering the NGO world, Chris had a successful business career as president and CEO of COMPS InfoSystems, Inc., a digital publisher of real estate information that he acquired in 1991, took public in 1999, and sold soon thereafter. He was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in San Diego. He earned a BA degree from Boston College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.