Chris Wilson is making a difference in his community

Chris Wilson, a long-term volunteer with the 100 Black Men of Long Beach, said since he was appointed to the Signal Hill Planning Commission in 2014, he doesn’t take his role lightly. He was the youngest, and youngest person of color appointed in the history of the planning commission.

Of his numerous boards and positions, he serves on Signal Hill Diversity Coalition Commission created after the George Floyd murder, which he attributes to the 100 Black Men of Long Beach, where he also volunteers.

But he feels it’s not just about volunteering on boards and commissions. It’s how he does life.

“I look forward to understanding how to make things better. I don’t see it as I’m struggling to juggle balls in the air. It’s a matter of I’m going to do what I can to make a difference” he said.

In his day job, Wilson is a senior policy manager for Los Angeles County Business Federation, known as BizFed, representing 235 businesses and 410 employers. Before that, he served 12 years working with state assembly members.

As part of the 100 BMLB, he works on governmental relations, reviewing legislation and policy to move advocacy forward for the youth. Volunteerism takes some time, he admits, but his love for the community allows him to love what he does in the community. To read the full article, please visit