Chris Thomas

Founder and Partner


Chris Thomas is a Founder and Partner of Fontinalis. Prior to Fontinalis, he worked at Ford Motor Company in Sustainable Business Development and Treasury. Previously, Mr. Thomas served in the U.S. Army as a Communications Officer in Iraq, where he was responsible for data communication systems and organizational change management. Before joining the military, Mr. Thomas worked as an Investment Banker at UBS within its Technology and Energy groups.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors of two of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies, nuTonomy and Karamba Security. He also currently serves as a Board Observer of three of Fontinalis’ portfolio companies: Life360, SmartKargo, and SQLstream. Additionally, he is a member of the Global Cleantech 100 expert panel, and a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Personal Transportation Systems. He is also a member of the Detroit Advisory Board of Read to a Child, a national children’s literacy and mentoring nonprofit.

Mr. Thomas earned his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management with a concentration in strategy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and International Relations from Michigan State University. Mr. Thomas is a resident of the City of Detroit and a staunch advocate of smart cities, early childhood literacy, and the doctrine of the strenuous life.