Born and raised in Sonoma County, Chris spent most of his childhood in scouting and sports – hiking, camping, and backpacking the mountains of California. After earning his Eagle Scout, he found his calling in the military, joining in 2000 at the age of 18.
During his first enlistment, Chris was identified as a top performer and subsequently recommended for commissioning as an officer. In pursuit of the requisite college degree for a commission, Chris returned home to attend the Santa Rosa Junior College. He received his associate degree before transferring to the University of San Francisco (USF) and earning his bachelor’s in politics.
While at USF, Chris earned a full-ride scholarship and selection by the Leo T. McCarthy Center for the Common Good for the coveted Washington Semester Program at American University. This fellowship took him across Europe, where he learned about international law and organizations directly from leaders of the various institutions of the international community, such as NATO, the EU, the UN, and the International Criminal Courts at the Hague.
During his time in Washington DC, Chris completed his studies in Military Science at Georgetown University and received an internship at the Pentagon’s Strategic Studies Group, studying military policy and strategy with the military’s top minds.
In 2011 Chris received his commission as an infantry officer in the US Army, where he honed his leadership skills, ultimately achieving the rank of captain. He was eventually selected to lead the Division’s Pathfinder Platoon – a specialty platoon tasked with reconnaissance and sensitive material recovery for the division.
He also ran the Army’s Pacific Theater Air Assault School, facilitating the training of thousands of Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the US and partner forces, qualifying them in helicopter rappelling and assault operations.