Chris Helfrich, CEO
Chris Helfrich joined Starlight as our CEO in July 2016. In this role, Chris is tasked with the overall leadership of the organization and ensuring that Starlight and our innovative programs are having the greatest possible impact on the millions of children that the organization serves annually.
Chris brings extensive experience in program development, innovation, fundraising and nonprofit management to Starlight. He joins us from the UN Foundation where he spent over five years leading Nothing But Nets, the world’s largest global, grassroots campaign to defeat malaria. During his tenure at Nothing But Nets, the campaign delivered more than five million life-saving bed nets and other malaria interventions to families in over 30 sub-Saharan African countries, and served as a leading global health advocate on Capitol Hill, helping to cut global malaria deaths by 60%.
Prior to Nothing But Nets, Chris served as the Director of Development and Marketing at Public Citizen, a national, public interest advocacy organization in Washington, DC. He has also served as Director of Development at public radio stations in San Antonio, Texas, and Charlotte, North Carolina, and as a fundraiser at Davidson College during their $270 million capital campaign, Let Learning Be Cherished.