Meet Chris Hines, National Geographic Regional Director



Chris Hines is National Geographic's Regional Director overseeing Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Most recently, he served as Deputy Superintendent at Gray's Reef National Marine sanctuary in Savannah, Georgia. Chris brings diverse experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to National Geographic, including four years in Tanzania with a nonprofit organization that trains rats to detect landmines, four years developing educational outreach programs to support ocean conservation, four years in the corporate sector, and a year-long State Department fellowship focused on environmental education.

Chris has a lifelong love of geography and a passion for exploration. He has always been fascinated with maps and stories of exploration. National Geographic's captivating images compelled Chris to a career that included international development and conservation, opening his eyes to the wonders of travel, paving the way for cross-cultural experiences that include exploring, working, and studying in more than fifty countries. He is thrilled to join the Educator Network and looks forward to working with MGA members and partners to build on past successes and to inspire students and educators.

Originally hailing from California, Chris received a B.S. in Business from Purdue University and an M.S. in International Public Service from DePaul University. He enjoys paddling, diving, eating, and anything else outdoors with his wife, Amanda. You may contact Chris at