Chris Appleton is Co-founder and Executive Director of WonderRoot. At WonderRoot, Chris drives the organization’s strategic growth, partnership development and oversees it’s talented and passionate staff.

An Atlanta native and Georgia State alumnus, Chris is engaged with various community organizations throughout the state of Georgia. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Arts Network, a statewide cultural advocacy organization; the Advisory Board of Health Connect South; and the Atlanta BeltLine Public Art & Preservation Advisory Board. Previously, Chris served as the founding Board Chair for Burnaway, a regional arts publication; the Governance Chair for Atlanta Celebrates Photography; and on the Board of Directors for Eyedrum.

A leader and voice for progressive change in Atlanta, Chris is the 2014 Americans for the Arts National Emerging Leader Award Winner and a 2014 Outstanding Atlanta Honoree. He holds a certificate from the Fanning Institute at the University of Georgia in Executive Leadership for Non-profit Organizations. Additionally, he is a graduate of the 2013 class of LEAD Atlanta, a fellow with the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers program and a graduate of the 2013 class of New Leaders Council. In 2011, Chris received the Emory Center for Creativity and the Arts Community Impact Award.

Beyond Chris’ professional work, he is an avid supporter of animal rights, lover of the outdoors and amateur vegan chef.


Chris Appleton