Christopher McClain

Founder and president of the McClain Corporation

Christopher B. McClain is a native of Detroit, Michigan. His portfolio of policy expertise includes international trade, economic development, and maritime policy. His past work experience includes working for federal, state, and local government institutions such as the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Michigan’s legislature and Executive Office of the Governor, and the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. Currently, he serves as an economic developer for the State government. McClain has served on several non-profit and government appointed boards such as the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s Michigan Advisory Committee and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s East Michigan District Export Council. He is also founder and President of The McClain Corporation, a public affairs consulting firm. He was educated and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law from Michigan State University and his Master of Public Affairs degree from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy. McClain is committed to advancing improvements that center empowerment, dignity, and opportunity for marginalized communities. He also enjoys recreational interests such as camping, sailing, and salsa dancing.

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