Our Staff

Chris Colón

Northeast Ohio Regional Director


Hailing from Youngstown, Ohio, with cultural roots traced back to the Taíno people of Puerto Rico and immigrants from the Welsh countryside, Chris has always thrived to connect people and places. For over 17 years, he worked as a social worker, counselor, and business development professional in the healthcare industry of the Mahoning Valley. After seeing the therapeutic healing effects of nature on his clients and in his own life, and a healing trip through several national parks, he devoted himself to environmental advocacy. In addition to his current role as Northeast Ohio Regional Director for the Ohio Environmental Council, Chris is a certified volunteer naturalist and the co-founding director of Thrive Mahoning Valley. He sits on the Boards of Directors of Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services, The Gloria & Roger Jones Science Center for Children, and Friends of the Mahoning River. He is also a proud husband and father of two boys. For self-care, he enjoys tinkering with recipes, exploring parks and green spaces, and being a tried and true member of Raider Nation…