Born and raised in Sonoma County, Chris Coulombe enlisted in the military at 18 as a private, and returned home 16 years later as a captain.
Chris led the Army’s Pacific Pathfinder platoon, which specializes in reconnaissance and recovery of sensitive information in enemy territory.
He ran the Army’s Pacific Theater Air Assault School, facilitating the training of thousands of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of U.S. and partner military forces, qualifying them in helicopter rappelling and assault operations.
And in his final assignment Chris represented the Army to dignitaries and senior security officials from almost every country in the Indo-Asia Pacific, focusing on multilateral solutions to regional and global security challenges.
When Chris returned home to Sonoma County, he built a statewide logistics and distribution company serving the cannabis industry; co-founded a trade association that helped pass legislation critical to small businesses; and worked with the current and previous administrations in Sacramento on taxation, regulations, and rights of California’s cannabis businesses.
In 2018 the North Bay Business Journal recognized Chris in its Forty Under 40 issue; his company won the Small Transportation Business of the Year Award from the American Business Association, and a Zennie Award for HR Excellence. The following year Chris won The Irish Echo’s Forty Under 40 award.
Chris lives in Sebastopol, where he spends time with his family. As an Eagle Scout, he serves as the past president and board member of Scouting’s Redwood Empire Council, assists his childhood scout troop, and hikes the beautiful wilderness of Northern California with his German Shepherd, Xorro. Chris is an avid runner and an aspiring gardener.