Christian L. Duffus is currently a founder at LEAF College Savings, LLC (“LEAF”). LEAF is an education focused, social gifting platform that makes it easy for third-parties to contribute to a child's college savings (529 Plans). At LEAF he is responsible for the overall strategy, business and corporate development activities in addition to product management.
Previously, Chris was Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development for Spectrum Bridge, Inc. ("SBI"); the leading wireless networking company in the emerging TV White Space market where he was responsible for all financial and strategic matters. During his tenure with SBI, Chris created and was awarded a patent for a system and method for establishing an econometric, spectrum allocation algorithm for use in a wireless network (USPTO 8,290,848).
Prior to his position at SBI, he was the Deputy CEO of Finance and Administration for the 2008 Democratic National Convention Committee (“DNCC”) in Denver Colorado, where he was responsible for a budget of more than $100 million.
Before joining the DNCC, Chris was Vice President of Finance and Corporate Development for M2Z Networks, Inc. a development stage entity formed to acquire AWS-3 spectrum (2155-2180 MHz) for use in a nationwide wireless broadband network.
Formerly, he served as the CFO for Govolution, Inc. (“Govolution”) a leading provider of electronic payment software and services to the public sector and the banking industries. At Govolution, Chris led the company in various roles from start-up, growth, profitability and successful trade-sale to First American Payments (a Lindsay Goldberg portfolio company).
Earlier, he worked in the family investment office for John Kluge at Metromedia Company where he focused on Internet and telecommunications investments.
Chris began his career with Goldman Sachs in the North American, Mergers and Acquisitions Group.
He is a Graduate of Florida A&M University and the University of Virginia's Darden Graduate School of Business Administration where he currently serves as a member of the Alumni Board of Trustees.
Finally, Chris is the founder of the Scholar's Club, an extracurricular academic organization focused on developing a peer culture of accomplishment and academic excellence among disadvantaged and underserved students. It has