Chris Tucker

Chris Tucker
Yale House Ventures

Dr. Tucker manages Yale House Ventures, a portfolio of social ventures and technology companies that span the worlds of energy, geospatial, sensor, cyber-security, open source, and social media technologies, across the domains of defense/intelligence, international affairs, civilian government, commercial industry, NGOs, and academe.

Tucker was previously Senior Vice President for the Americas and National Programs at ERDAS, a leading technology provider for geospatial exploitation, analysis, data management/dissemination, information sharing and collaboration across the defense, intelligence, civilian federal, state/local and commercial sectors – worldwide. Tucker came to ERDAS by way of the acquisition of IONIC, the world leader in interoperable web-mapping, location based services, imagery management and distributed geoprocessing, where Tucker served as President/CEO.

In addition to serving on the USGIF Board of Directors, Tucker is on the Board of Directors for the Open Geospatial Consortium (, an international industry consortium of 350+ companies, government agencies and universities participating in the development of technical standards to that support interoperable solutions that “geo-enable” the Web, wireless and location-based services, and mainstream IT. Serving on the Executive Committee of the Board, Chris has worked to ensure that defense, intelligence and homeland security requirements are given top priority. Tucker served on the National Research Council’s Committee on NGA’s GEOINT Research Priorities, helping to define the R&D investment strategy that NGA must undertake in order to transform to its future concept of operations. Tucker also serves on the Secretary of the Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee.

Tucker was the founding Chief Strategic Officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund, focusing his efforts on developing In-Q-Tel’s overall strategy for tackling the Agency’s priority IT problems. As such, Tucker was responsible for managing the technical portfolio, issues of organizational design, and relations with the intelligence community, industry and media.

As Special Advisor to the Executive Vice Provost of Columbia University, Tucker was responsible for a range of issues having to do with strategic institutional development, R&D portfolio management, federal science and technology policy and the organization of interdisciplinary research.

While at Columbia, Tucker co-founded the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes and the Columbia Public Policy Consortium and taught several courses at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs.

Recent Events and Presentations

February 23, 2010

ITIF hosts a panel discussion on the role of IT in the intelligence community.