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Dr. Christopher Rodriguez

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Dr. Christopher Rodriguez is dually appointed Assistant City Administrator and Acting Chief Technology Officer. Dr. Rodriguez will use his long history of coordinating and collaborating across organizations and within multiple levels of government to ensure District Government is both modern and efficient.

As the Incident Commander for the District’s response to COVID-19, which has been recognized as one of the strongest responses in the nation, Dr. Rodriguez coordinated with local, regional, and federal partners to ensure all responding agencies were properly funded and had clear guidelines for success. His leadership during COVID included overseeing the procurement of supplies, hiring and training response teams, and identifying and supporting the physical spaces that supported the District’s response. Across his roles in DC Government, as the as Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, and at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he served as a senior analyst in its Counterterrorism Center, Dr. Rodriguez has been responsible for cyber risk management and the collection and dissemination of information.    

From 2017 to 2023, ACA Rodriguez served as Director of the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA). In this role, ACA Rodriguez served as the Homeland Security Advisor and State Coordinating Officer for the District of Columbia. He was also the State Administrative Agent for all homeland security federal grants funding for the District and the National Capital Region which includes parts of Northern Virginia and Maryland. ACA Rodriguez’s leadership and commitment to community engagement were on display as he led the Emergency Operations Center for the District’s COVID-19 efforts, as well as emergency response operations during the January 6th riots.