Getting to Know iU: Chris Hale

Getting to Know iU: Chris Hale

Let’s get to know a little more about Chris Hale, our favorite plaid-wearing, bike-racing, horn-playing account manager who wants to save the world (and will probably actually do it).

What do you do here?
I work on the accounts team, where I tend to manage IU’s nonprofit and purpose-driven clients such as Smithsonian and Jobs for the Future, as well as some of our awesome west coast partners like Google and Sony PlayStation.

How long have you worked here?
Dan insists it’s only been three months, but the real answer is just under a year.

What did you do before this?
I spent 15 years working in the international NGO and nonprofit sector.  I moved to Atlanta to work at President Carter’s nonprofit, The Carter Center, on a project to improve gender equity in the exercise of the fundamental human right of access to information.  Before that I lead a regional field office for the Organization of American States’ Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia, working with both demobilized former paramilitary combatants from Colombia’s civil war, as well as the victims of their crimes who were seeking restitution for acts committed against them.

What’s your favorite aspect of your job?
A lot of our clients do amazing things that create a positive impact on the world. Being able to work with the creative minds on our team as they figure out the most engaging ways to tell the stories of that impact is really satisfying for me.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A better gardener.

What would you do if you won the lottery?
Ride my bike across Canada, buy a house on the water in my hometown of Brunswick, Maine, and enroll in the vocational high school there to learn trades for the rest of my days.

What are you working on in your free time?
I stay pretty busy outside of work doing projects on my (old) house, racing bikes for a team run out of a local shop here in Atlanta called The Spindle, volunteer interpreting at the Latin American Association on Buford Highway, staying involved in my neighborhood (Kirkwood), reading crappy spy novels recommended to me by my Dad and brother, attempting to not get hurt playing Sunday night men’s league soccer, and being the best uncle to two awesome nieces and a rad nephew that I can.

What’s your guilty pleasure TV show?
The Punisher

What was your nickname in high school?
Didn’t have one, but my high school superlative was “most instrumentally inclined” which was a nice way of calling me a band geek (french horn/trumpet).

What’s your karaoke song?
Shakira, Estoy Aquí.

What’s your favorite movie?
It’s a three-way tie between Blues Brothers, Bloodsport, and the RBG documentary I just saw at the Atlanta Film Festival (thanks Abe and Raven)!

What career (other than this one) would you like to try?
Both of my parents are teachers in public school systems near where I grew up in Maine. I’d love to teach at some point.

What’s your favorite 90s jam?
Probably a tie between Indigo Girls “Closer to Fine” and Ginuwine “Pony.”

What is an unusual or weird phobia/fear that you have?
It’s not really a phobia, but I definitely need to do some serious self-coaching when I find myself in confined spaces… a less-than-positive experience on a recent trip to the caverns at Ruby Falls comes to mind.

Cats or dogs?
Definitely dogs. This is the easiest question I’ve had to answer so far in my adult life.  

If you could be any animal in the world, what would you be?
Some sort of bird that gets to glide all the time – perhaps a condor, living somewhere in the Andes?  

What was the last concert you went to?
Not really sure, but the first concert I ever went to was Ani Difranco at Pickard Theatre in 1992. I was in 6th grade and it was awesome (thank you, big sister Becky).

What is one thing that no one in the office knows about you?
I used to be one-third of the horn section of a Latin band in northern California called Bomba.