Chris brings 20 years of regulatory, legislative, and political experience to his role as Senior Strategy Advisor at FiscalNote. Prior to joining the company, Chris’ public service career spanned all three branches of the federal government, including Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. Under his leadership, the Labor Department was named the most improved large federal agency for employee engagement two years in a row. He promoted innovative programs that prepare America’s workforce for the 21st Century; represented the U.S. at international convenings; and was a board member of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
He also served as White House Cabinet Secretary and Assistant to President Obama from 2009-13; co-chaired the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; was Senator Obama’s Legislative Director and Acting Chief of Staff; and was Executive Director of the Obama-Biden 2008 transition team. He was Deputy Chief Counsel of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee working for Rep. Henry Waxman, and was a law clerk for Judge Robert E. Cowen on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
He began his legal career in litigation at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. Chris graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and cum laude from Harvard Law School.
Chris also serves as a senior fellow at the University of Virginia Miller Center of Public Affairs. He is a frequent television commentator and is a contributor for TIME.