A recent graduate of Yale, Chris was an Eli Whitney Student-an admissions program for non-traditional students with unique or extraordinary backgrounds. Prior to matriculating at Yale, Chris spent almost nine years serving in the Australian Army predominately in special operations with the 2nd Commando Regiment. He served in Afghanistan in 2006 with the Special Operations Task Group and subsequently in the Tactical Assault Group (East), Australia's domestic counterterrorism and hostage rescue capability. Chris co-founded the Warrior-Scholar Project with two of his Yale classmates, Nick Rugoff and Jesse Reising.


Originally from Decatur, Illinois, Jesse earned a B.A. from Yale University, where he played linebacker and double-majored in economics (distinction) and political science (distinction). Jesse planned to serve his country as an officer in the Marine Corps upon graduating from Yale, but those plans were derailed by an injury he sustained while making a tackle during the 2010 Harvard-Yale football game.

Unable to serve in the Marines, Jesse co-founded the Warrior-Scholar Project with two of his Yale classmates, Chris Howell and Nick Rugoff, in order to serve those serving in the military in his place. Jesse has also worked as a contractor overseeing engineering and construction projects in Afghanistan's Kunar Province. Jesse is a graduate of Harvard Law School and currently serves as a federal prosecutor with the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Justice Department in Chicago, IL.


Nick Rugoff is the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of The Warrior-Scholar Project. He works as an investment professional in New York and received a B.A. from Yale University.