Prior to joining OHSP, Chris Rodriguez served for more than a decade in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he held a variety of analytical and management positions. Following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, Chris joined the CIA, where he quickly rose to become a senior analyst in its Counterterrorism Center. In this position, he monitored terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia, closely collaborating with U.S. Intelligence Community partners at the federal, state, and local levels to identify and counter persistent threats to the United States and its allies. In addition, Chris oversaw an analytic unit that handled global economic and energy security, as well as related counterintelligence and cyber threats.
Chris in 2011 to 2012 served as a policy advisor on Governor Christie’s staff, overseeing OHSP, the Department of Law and Public Safety, the Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, and the Department of Transportation.
Chris has been recognized with several awards from CIA and the Director of National Intelligence for his leadership and professional achievements, both in the U.S. and abroad. He served in Iraq in 2006 and 2007 and has traveled to over two dozen countries. Born and raised in Morris County, Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and a Master’s degree and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.