Christopher R. Earl is director of the grants department at Riverside Community College District (RCCD), where he devotes his time to supporting the grant efforts of the 3-college distric t(Riverside City College, Moreno Valley College, and Norco College). Additionally, Christopher was most recently director of the FY 16/17 California Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program funded through the SBA and hosted at RCCD. Through the FASTprogram, Mr. Earl’s program assisted over 150 companies statewide; with 15 companies receiving awards during the 12-month program period. Under the FAST program, Christopher worked with a team of industry experts to review and edit SBIR/STTR proposals content (Phase I & Phase II). In addition, Mr. Earl assisted companies on Phase I proposal development services related to grant writing and technical development. In addition to his grant duties, Christopher spent the last 5 years with TriTech SBDC providing consulting and training services to California technology companies focused in the acquisition of financing for their businesses. Christopher delivered consulting and training services through economic development agencies, Small Business Development Centers, Universities, and Federal Laboratories over the last 10 years. Christopher has worked with federal labs (Army Research Lab, Goddard Space Flight Center) as a consultant and industry expert assessing commercial viability of federal technologies. His expertise ranges from: SBIR/STTR funding & equity financing, technology transfer and technology commercialization, as well as customer discovery and development.
Christopher is a graduate of South Carolina State University, where he received a BA in Civil
Engineering. He later served as an engineer for the Department of Transportation (DOT),
focusing on transportation related projects. That eventually led to his participation in the
federally funded Integrated Technology Transfer Network (ITTN) program, which was a
partnership between the Army Research Lab (ARL), California State University San Bernardino( CSUSB) and the Navy. ITTN’s purpose was to use scientists and engineers from HBCU’s, select industry experts to mentor the fellows and teach them to commercialize federal technologies. Christopher’s advanced studies and mentoring helped emerging scientists learn how to move from “mind to market” by merging existing science expertise with innovative entrepreneurial approaches.