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At 64, Chris Heller made a choice that quite literally changed his life.

Chris Heller grew up in a suburb of Washington D.C. surrounded by politics. In fact, he completed his graduate work at Georgetown University. Chris’s first job at IBM connected him to White House clients and uniquely qualified him to move into the role of Special Assistant to the White House Office of Telecommunications Policy before going on to serve in the executive office for the Nixon, Ford and Carter administrations.

After a long career spanning the corporate, government and nonprofit sectors, Chris Heller faced a health challenge that helped him see it was time to make a change in his lifestyle or face very unpleasant consequences. He took a leap of faith and left his job to focus on his health. He opted to let go of the reins and try not to script what was to come next.

A friend suggested he connect with Experience Matters and Chris found that he liked the structure to take on special projects where his expertise would make a direct impact while enabling him the flexibility to stay healthy. Experience Matters was thrilled to connect Chris to his current project working for Mayor Stanton’s office at the City of Phoenix.

Chris found satisfaction in coming full circle to his political beginnings and relies on a lifetime of experience serving nonprofits, from volunteering to board and leadership roles, to help the City of Phoenix.

“What’s different about Experience Matters is that the match process is so intentional. High standards from everyone involved gives you a better opportunity to make an impact and gain a sense of real satisfaction in your work.”

– Chris Heller