Christopher Rudd

Chris Rudd is a designer, community organizer, and youth worker with a passion for social justice. He has worked tirelessly with youth on the South and West Sides of Chicago, challenging them to engage with their communities through activism and technology. Chris joined the Institute of Design in 2019.

Chris received a certificate in the study of youth development from the City Colleges of Chicago–Harold Washington College. In 2016, as a Civic Innovation Fellow at the Stanford Institute of Design (, he took graduate courses while applying and honing his skills in human-centered design methodologies. During the yearlong fellowship, Chris designed Youth Tech Design, a program for at-risk youth to help bridge the gap between young people and the tech sector; the program allows these promising young people to create solutions to self-identified societal issues.

Recently, Chris was chosen to participate in Chicago Urban League’s highly selective IMPACT Leadership Development Program for 2021. The program, first started in 2014, is an intensive fellowship to assist Black professionals in advancing in their careers and bolstering the diversity of professional leaders in Chicago.