Chris McCleary is the Executive Director of the U.S. Chess Center and returns to scholastic chess after many years. While a student in high school, Chris founded and managed his school’s chess club and captained the school’s team to victory in the county championships. Chris is an experienced non-profit executive and seasoned fundraiser and has held senior management roles for a variety of non-profit organizations in and around Washington, DC, including cultural institutions, advocacy organizations, and think tanks. Before embarking on his non-profit career, Chris spent over a decade as a political consultant and fundraiser for dozens of campaigns across the country ranging from state judges to president. Chris is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and grew up in the South. During his time working in politics and fundraising, he has lived in many diverse places, but he and his family now live in Northern Virginia.

Chris McCleary at play

Chris McCleary.