Most recently, Chris served as the Deputy Director of DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, where he drove disaster preparedness, response, and recovery efforts for the city of Washington, DC, including the District’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Prior to joining DC government, Chris spent a decade at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served as an intelligence analyst and media spokesman. As an analyst, Chris tracked the Sunni insurgency in Iraq, al-Qa’ida’s affiliate in Yemen, and the political economy of Russia. As a spokesman, he managed crisis communications for the Agency, to include the release of a US Senate report on CIA’s detention and interrogation program as well as the fallout from the WikiLeaks and Snowden disclosures.
In between stints in government, Chris was a member of the founding team that created the Cipher Brief, a media company that connects the Fortune 500 to the world’s leading security experts. He also consulted for private sector, providing reputation and crisis management services for corporate clients.
Chris has a BA in Russian Studies from Harvard University and a joint MA/MBA in International Affairs from the George Washington University.