Christopher Taylor


Adjunct Associate Professor - Center for Security Studies (CSS)


School of Foreign Service (SFS)
  • General profile
General profile


Chris Taylor is a two-time defense industry CEO and entrepreneur, and was most recently the Senior Vice President for Strategy & Advanced Programs at large defense contractor. He also founded a tech startup that used a unique talent-opportunity matching technology platform to assist veterans in their search for meaningful employment in the communities of their choice. He conceived of, and convinced The White House and ABC’s Shark Tank to collaborate on an all-veteran episode – which aired on Veteran’s Day 2014. For his work, he was named as one of, “HillVets’ 100 of 2014” most influential veterans in America.

Previously, as the CEO of a large government services firm, Chris was named one of, “15 to Watch in 2012” by GovCon Executive magazine along with fellow CEOs. Chris is also an adjunct associate professor of national security studies at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program, where he teaches, “The Business of National Security” and “Hacking for Defense.”

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 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.

Chris speaks frequently at professional and academic forums, and has testified before Congress and the Commission on Wartime Contracting on private sector contributions to national security. He has appeared on MSNBC and CNN offering commentary on global security challenges. Chris is the former Chairman of the International Stability Operations Association and a member of Business Executives for National Security. He has attended Harvard University’s Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security and the Aspen Institute’s Executive Seminar and the Justice and Society Seminar.

Chris is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Afghanistan, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Atlantic Council.


  • MPA (2008) Harvard Kennedy School, International Security & Political Economy
  • MBA (2002) College of William & Mary, Strategy & Leadership
  • BA (1999) St. Leo University, Accounting & Business Administration


  • Arabic (speak)
  • French (speak, read, write)
  • Irish (speak, read)
  • Tagalog (speak, read, write)