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Chris has an extensive background in government and public affairs built over a career that has spanned the highest levels at the White House, on Capitol Hill and in the private sector. He has built a wealth of knowledge, wisdom and skill to effectively advocate issues and policies ranging from immigration, trade and workforce, to environment, climate change, oceans, aquaculture and sustainability. Chris is adept at working across party lines to achieve his objectives and has earned a reputation as being an honest broker.
Prior to launching AquaTerra Strategies, Chris led legislative affairs for the Council on Environmental Quality at the White House, where he developed and implemented strategies for outreach to the Congress on all environmental, climate and energy priorities of the White House.
Chris's previous Administration experience includes serving as a member of the Secretary’s management team at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he was the senior advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on climate change, oceans, fisheries, satellite, weather and science policy issues. In this capacity, he managed departmental and bureau policy activities and worked with the public affairs, legal, budget and legislative affairs offices to craft and implement strategies for advancing the Secretary’s agenda.
Chris has worked in the private sector for Accenture and on the leadership staff of the House of Representatives. At Accenture, Chris drew upon his expertise in immigration and trade to develop strategies for Accenture's leadership to ensure the success of Accenture's global business model. He also worked with Accenture’s energy practice to analyze regulatory and legislative developments presented opportunities for Accenture.
On the Hill, Chris worked for two House Speakers on a range of issues and coordinated the enactment of several high profile immigration provisions and passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations for China and the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act.
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