Director Chris Rodriguez leads New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. He was appointed by Governor Chris Christie on July 26, 2014, and serves in the Governor’s Cabinet.
Prior to his appointment, Director Rodriguez served for more than a decade in the U.S. intelligence community, where he held a variety of analytic and management positions. In these roles, Director Rodriguez monitored terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia, closely collaborating with partners at the federal, state and local levels to identify and counter persistent threats to the United States and its allies. In 2011–12, he served as a policy adviser on Governor Christie’s staff.
Director Rodriguez has been recognized with several awards from the Director of National Intelligence for his leadership and professional achievements, both in the United States and abroad. He served in Iraq in 2006–07 and has traveled to over two dozen countries.
Born and raised in Morris County, Director Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree and PhD from the University of Notre Dame.