Christopher graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Architectural Engineering and thereafter decided he would pursue his dream of flying in the Navy. He attained his commission at the Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, FL., however, due to an astigmatism problem that surfaced during flight school, Christopher transferred from the line Navy to the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC).
Christopher traveled the globe during his twenty years as a CEC officer with tours in the Far East, Europe, Alaska, and Antarctica. He is especially proud of his assignments in McMurdo Station, Antarctica where he was the Public Works Officer for Naval Support Force, Antarctica; Naples, Italy where he was instrumental in the establishment of Engineering Field Activity, Mediterranean in 1992; and Adak, Alaska where he was Officer in Charge of the Caretaker Site Office during the base closure and transition to private enterprise and state management.
After his “retirement” from the military Christopher worked as a program manager for Commander, Navy Region Northwest prior to assuming the duties as Public Works Business Line Manager at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC), Northwest with responsibilities for facilities services, transportation and weight handling, utilities infrastructure, energy programs and facilities sustainment valued at over $275M annually. After 11 years in the Northwest, he transitioned to the more challenging and larger footprint PWBL Director position for NAVFAC Pacific in August 2016 on temporary assignment prior to assuming the role permanently in April 2017.
Christopher is an avid sports enthusiast and plays soccer, tennis, golf and volleyball competitively. He coached boys’ varsity soccer at the high school level for 13 years and also boys’ varsity tennis for five years. His busy schedule also occasionally included teaching courses in Airport Planning & Design, and Airport Management.
Christopher is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Washington, a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives, and a Certified Energy Manager. He holds Masters Degrees in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Seattle, WA and Civil Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA.