Christopher Adams


Chris is national leader in citizen engagement, public policy and facilitation, and President of Balancing Act by Polco. Founded in 2015, Balancing Act is an award-winning provider of simulation-based public engagement tools for citizens and government leaders to tackle complex challenges through productive public input. Previously, Chris founded public engagement strategy firm Engaged Public, and was Director and Associate Director of The Center for Ethics and Social Policy in Berkeley, California. He has published more than 100 essays in publications including The Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, Governing, The Christian Science Monitor, The San Francisco Chronicle and many others. He is a past speaker at the distinguished Conference on World Affairs at the University of Colorado, delivering five presentations on the theme “Values and Ethics in a Fragile World.” Adams is the former president of the board of Denver Urban Gardens, a network of more than 100 community gardens. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Colorado.

School of Public Affairs

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street


Denver, CO 80204


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