Chris Crane is CEO of Edify Inc, a faith-based social enterprise that makes small business loans to schools educating impoverished children in Africa and Latin America. These sustainable schools charge $5-$15 per month tuition, and repay their loans. The funds are then recycled to other schools. Edify has made loans to over 600 schools in the last 2 years.
These affordable schools provide a much better education to poor children than available otherwise.
Chris served as President/CEO of Opportunity International, the world’s largest faith-based microfinance organization with 10,000 direct and indirect staff, from 2002-2009. During this time, Opportunity grew from 375,000 clients to 1.5 million active clients.
Crane acquired COMPS InfoSystems, Inc. in San Diego in 1992 and served as its President and CEO until he sold the company in 2000. Under Crane’s leadership, COMPS grew from a small, print-based publishing firm with coverage of commercial real estate sale information in four western states into an electronic database publisher with 420 employees and coverage of 50 of the top real estate markets in the US. In 1999 he led the company in an IPO.
Crane was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in San Diego. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School.