Chris Taylor

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Chris Taylor, a global business leader and entrepreneur, is a two-time national security industry CEO. As the CEO of a large government services firm, Chris was named one of, “15 to Watch in 2012” by GovCon Executive magazine. Chris is also an adjunct professor of national security studies at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program, where he teaches, “The Business of National Security” and “Hacking for Defense.” He's a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Afghanistan, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Atlantic Council.

Chris spent 14 years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted infantryman and Force Recon Marine. Twice selected for meritorious promotion, he was the Distinguished Honor Graduate at the NCO Leadership Academy, the Distinguished Leadership Graduate at Amphibious Reconnaissance School, and the Class Commander at Marine Combatant Diver Course 93-40. Chris finished his undergraduate degree at night and left the Marine Corps to attend the College of William & Mary where he earned his MBA in Strategy & Leadership in 2002, and received the Dean’s Award for Leadership and Service at graduation. He is also a 2008 graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School, where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree in Political Economy and International Security, and was elected by his class to lead them into Harvard Yard for graduation. Chris also served as the Director of the Harvard Defense & Security Initiative and as a member of the Defense Leadership Project at Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership where he co-authored, Transforming the National Security Culture.