Proven Leadership for a NEW School System

Chris Caldwell is a Financial Consultant and Vice President at Raymond James.  He is one of the most involved public school parents in the region and a strong advocate for public education. After being appointed to the Shelby County School Board in 2011, he was elected in August 2012 to serve District One for a two year term. He's served in various parent and school organizations and also has been active in recruiting those Midtown Memphis parents who traditionally choose not to send their children to public schools.


Since being appointed to the Board in 2011 and re-elected in 2012 Chris has served on 10 Committees and has Chaired 6 of them:

  • Shelby County Board of Education (SCBE) - Vice Chairman
  • SCBE Budget and Finance Committee - Chairman
  • SCBE Internal Board Operations Committee - Chairman
  • SCBE Community Engagement Committee - Chairman
  • SCBE Superintendent Selection Committee - Chairman
  • Trustees Committee of the Tennessee School Board Association GASB Trust - Chairman



Chris Caldwell is a native Memphian and product of Memphis City Schools. Married for thirty two years to Cheryl Robison Caldwell (also an actively engaged parent), they have three children in Shelby County Schools from middle to high school. Chris is dedicated to being a voice for Parents, Teachers, Principals, and other School Administrators who are most responsible for the quality of education and what happens in the classroom.


 “We have a window of opportunity to have an “once-in-a-lifetime” positive impact on our community by making sure we improve the quality of education for all children in Shelby County. What we do in the next few months and years will affect the quality of life for generations to come. It’s time for all of us to work together so that our children and our community can compete globally and we all can  enjoy the prosperity that will follow!”