Christopher R. Thorn

Chief Technology and Operations Officer

Christopher R. Thorn serves as the Chief Technology and Operations Officer for the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT). With a keen interest in the thoughtful application of technology, Chris brings over 17 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing complex IT systems.

In his role, Chris is responsible for conceiving the technical vision for the organization and directing assets to support the strategic objectives for the STEMnet platform. His work includes identifying process improvements in key areas of the organization including finance, grant tracking, and vendor management. He is responsible for all development of the STEMnet platform; including designing scope, vendor relations, development, and testing protocols. In his downtime, Chris monitors emerging trends in technology to identify those items that will benefit our stakeholders and strategic objectives.

Prior to joining the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education, Mr. Thorn was the Director of Information Technology for the Bainum Family Foundation, one of the largest private operating Foundations in Maryland. During his tenure, he served on the senior leadership committee and led technology initiatives that benefitted underserved youth in the state. Chris was recognized for his leadership, creativity, and thoughtful approach to the application of technology. Additionally, Chris was highly regarded for his authenticity, integrity, and character; a few traits that helped him secure and maintain the confidence of his coworkers and project stakeholders.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management of Information Systems from York College of Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science in Information Systems. Over the last ten years, Chris has continued to seek development opportunities inside and outside formal collegiate education and has attended trainings focused on leadership, project management, negotiation, and organizational culture.