Christian also serves as Chief of Staff to CSRA's President and CEO and leads the Government Relations, Marketing & Communications, Security, Change Management Office and Program Excellence functions. Additionally, he currently serves on the Aspen Homeland Security Forum and is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security.
Christian has the unique distinction of having served as a senior presidential appointee in both the Bush and Obama Administrations in addition to his experience in state and local government and the private sector. Prior to joining CSRA, he served as the Chief of Staff of the Department of Homeland Security for Secretary Jeh Johnson.
He has also held a number of senior positions within the Department of Defense (DOD), including Special Assistant to then-Secretary Robert Gates, and Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs. After leaving the DOD, he served as an executive for 3M, where he helped develop the company’s Defense Markets Division, and as Vice President for National Security and Acquisition Policy at the Aerospace Industries Association.
Christian has received several awards throughout his career including the Secretary of Homeland Security Distinguished Public Service Award; the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service Award; and he has twice received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. He also received the Young Alumni of the Year Award and the Pennsylvania State University College of Liberal Arts and the Philadelphia Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award.
Christian has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University, a J.D. from Temple University, and a master’s degree in government administration from the University of Pennsylvania. While attending Pennsylvania State University, he played football under Coach Joseph Paterno and was a member of 1995 Big Ten and Rose Bowl Championship team.
In his free time, Christian is an avid fan of college football and enjoys spending time at the Jersey Shore with his family.