Christopher M. Tuttle

Director, Washington Program
Director, Independent Task Force Program

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Chris Tuttle is the director of the Washington Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). In addition to overseeing CFR's relationships with the executive branch, Congress, and the foreign diplomatic corps, he manages the Washington Program staff in its work to provide substantive intellectual programming for CFR members and the broader policy community. He also acts as CFR's principal on-the-ground representative to its Washington membership. His areas of specialization include the politics and process of U.S. foreign relations, fiscal policy, and political-military affairs.

Mr. Tuttle joined CFR from the U.S. Department of State, where he served most recently as the director of the Office of Strategic Communications and Planning. There, working with the State Department spokesman, he coordinated policy planning and communications activities within the department and across the interagency community, in cooperation with the U.S. military, intelligence agencies, and others. During his tenure, he and a team of policy planning and Foreign Service officers dealt with issues ranging from the 2006 Lebanon War and North Korean nuclear test to the implementation of the "surge" policy in Iraq and efforts to secure the ratification of trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, Peru, and Panama.

Prior to his time in the executive branch, Mr. Tuttle was chief of staff and senior policy aide to U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-WI), an assistant House majority whip who served on the House International Relations, Budget, and Financial Services Committees. During his nearly eight years on Capitol Hill, he advised on hundreds of legislative proposals, had a hand in crafting dozens of pieces of legislation, and managed a sizable professional staff across three offices. His legislative experience also includes several years as a senior leadership staff member in the Wisconsin and Minnesota state legislatures.

Mr. Tuttle holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He has done graduate coursework at Georgetown University, The Johns Hopkins University, and the National Defense University's School for National Security Executive Education. He has also been a guest lecturer for a number of colleges, universities, and government and military training centers, including Georgetown University, the College of William and Mary, the U.S. Army War College, the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center, and the Inter-American Defense College.

Mr. Tuttle has traveled overseas as a delegate on international election observation missions in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, and is currently an alternate on the board of directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and its audit committee. He is a recipient of the Department of State's Superior Honor Award, is a senior fellow (alumnus) of the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership, and has advised and worked on U.S. political campaigns at the national and state level.