• Shift (2019-2022)
  • DoD (2008-2013)
  • NSA (2000-2006)


  • Government Affairs
  • SBIR Contracting
  • Special Operations & Counterterrorism
  • Influence Operations
  • Intelligence
  • Policy
  • Legislative Affairs

In college, I took a course on national security policy that changed the course of my life. I had already developed an idea that advances in computing and connectivity would change human behavior. I also believed that humanity’s dependence upon these technologies would change politics, society, the economy, environment, and the military. That course opened my mind to how states leverage elements of power, and from that I had some ideas about how to eliminate nuclear weapons from the world. That led me to joining the National Security Agency after college.

I’m incredibly grateful for the decade and a half I’ve spent working on defense issues, either as an intelligence officer and computer scientist for the NSA, a duty officer for the White House Situation Room, a presidential management fellow and foreign affairs officer with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, or a builder of a federal business practice at Shift.

My national security experience has offered me the opportunity to work on a wide range of issues, from legislative affairs, intelligence, influence operations, foreign policy, rapid capability development, research, and government affairs to change management, and innovation, as well as deployment to Afghanistan and other places around the globe.

Chris MacPherson Copyright 2022