Christopher M. Tuttle

Managing Director, Washington and Independent Task Force Programs

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Chris Tuttle is the director of the Washington Program and the Independent Task Force Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).

As head of the Independent Task Force Program, he guides one of CFR's foremost policy research activities, working with groups of leading experts to produce analysis and recommendations on issues of current and critical importance in U.S. foreign policy. As Washington Program director, he oversees CFR's relationships with the executive branch, Congress, and the foreign diplomatic corps, and manages the Council's Washington staff in its work to provide substantive intellectual content to CFR members and the broader policy community. 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 a team of policy planning and Foreign Service officers, 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.

Prior to his time in the executive branch, Mr. Tuttle was chief of staff and senior policy advisor to U.S. Representative Mark Green (R-WI), an assistant majority whip who served on the House International Relations, Budget, and Financial Services Committees. His legislative experience also includes several years as a senior leadership staff member in two state legislatures.

Mr. Tuttle holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin, an MA in national security and strategic studies from the U.S. Naval War College, as well as a diploma from the College of Naval Command and Staff. He currently sits on the University of Wisconsin Department of Political Science Board of Visitors.

Mr. Tuttle has served as a delegate on a number of international election observation missions in the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa, and is an alternate on the board of directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He is a (group) 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 worked on U.S. political campaigns at the national, state, and local level.