As senior program officer for CVE, Chris collaborates across USIP, USG elements, and NGOs on the rehabilitation and reintegration people disengaging from violent extremism. In this role, he leads implementation several Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) Foreign Terrorist Fighters Working Group initiatives, where he has developed several GCTF good practice documents. Chris’ approach to rehabilitation addresses cognitive, social, and structural drivers of violent extremism to encourage prosocial behavior, reconciliation, and community resilience.
Chris comes to USIP from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), where he served as senior advisor for CT/CVE, political stability/human rights, and crisis management to the National Intelligence Manager for East Asia. There, he was a voice for prioritizing preventive CVE efforts in the policy discourse. He aligned intelligence community support to the National Security Council to inform strategic responses to the Rohingya crisis in Burma, democratic backsliding throughout Southeast Asia, and North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Prior to ODNI, Chris served for a decade as a Navy intelligence officer. His assignments included the Joint Staff, Defense Intelligence Agency, and a tour of duty aboard the USS CARL VINSON. He has produced the daily intelligence update for the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, developed an analytic framework to assess fragile societies and provide early warning of violence, and orchestrated the delivery of relief material in the immediate aftermath of Haiti’s 2010 earthquake.
Chris’ record of peer-reviewed publication includes contributions to International Studies Review and edited volumes, and he has provided commentary for outlets such as The Hill. He holds a master’s degree in international security, conflict, and development from Georgetown University, backed by a post-graduate certificate from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a BA in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. He enjoys travel with his husband Cody, thinks Springsteen’s Darkness on the Edge of Town album is severely underrated, and appreciates wine as a form of art.