A former Republican Party leader during his undergraduate career, Chris had the honor of serving as Chapter Chairman, State Chairman, Midwest Caucus Leader, National Marketing Director, and National Board Member for the College Republican National Committee. During Foltz’s College Republican leadership tenure, he was responsible for the largest growth in Illinois College Republican Federation history, by fostering 38 new college level organizations in Illinois, creating a statewide minority outreach program, and bringing Illinois to national recognition as a pillar of state organizations at the College Republican National convention in Washington D.C.
In late 2009, Chris was nominated by the Mayor and appointed by the Board of Trustees as Chairman of the Community Relations Commission for the Village of Deerfield, Illinois. The Community Relations Commission studies and recommends various means of developing better relationships among all residents in a diverse and inclusive community. The commission also promotes and supports initiatives with federal, state and local governmental agencies, commissions, businesses, schools, civic and religious organizations, neighborhood and community events aimed at increasing goodwill and civic engagement among the residents and the global community at large.
At the age of 28, Foltz was the youngest commission chairman in the Village of Deerfield’s history, until 2013 when he was one of the authors amending the ordinance he changed a few years prior – allowing young leaders from age 14 to serve as Commissioner and play an active role in municipal government. By the stroke of a pen, Foltz made it impossible for himself to ever be recorded as the youngest commission in village history in the future. “This has never been done before, and I couldn’t be more honored to make history like this in a community I love. If I run for office in the future – I would be honored to lose to one of these two young Commissioners.” said Foltz at the recent introduction of the new Commissioners to the Village Board.
Upon completing being released from jail and now homeless, Foltz moved to Waukegan Illinois to start over in a recovery home. Chris was at odds with the Republican Party; despite all his accolades during his political career. “I remember my father telling me to not attempt to get involved with politics again – they wouldn’t allow it. I tried without luck at first. I will just say my entrance to Democrat politics wasn’t filled with roses and cotton candy either,” said Foltz in an interview. After a fight to get involved across the aisle, and after proving he wasn’t an implant from the old administration, Chris got involved with the Young Democrats of America (YDA) and served as a delegate and credentials committee member at the 2009 National Convention. He was later named the Communication Director for the Great Lakes Region of the YDA.
After his involvement with the YDA, Foltz reemerged as a political strategist getting an entire slate elected in Chicago North Shore, as well as serving as the successful campaign manager for the first female mayor in Deerfield, IL history. Chris served as both a political strategist and community organizer for Chicago’s 2011 Mayoral election. In the fall of 2011, Foltz was named to the National Finance Committee of Generation 44, the young professionals arm of President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. Currently, Chris has chosen to leave partisan politics to not limit reach during his pursuit in making an impact amongst every community he can.
Foltz is currently an active member of both the Business Opportunities, and Outreach Committees of the Illinois Governor’s Taskforce on Social Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Enterprise. In addition to his ongoing mission to create social change, Chris has served as the Association Board President of A Safe Haven Foundation, one of the nation’s largest foundations focused on ending homelessness. In 2013 A Safe Haven Foundation was recognized as one of twelve “Champions of Change” by the White House. Foltz also served as a Metropolitan Committee member for Life Goes On – the Illinois Organ Donation Program and Chairman of the University of Illinois Chicago Robotic Kidney Transplant Ambassador Program.