Christian Ford served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy from 2019 to 2021. In this role, he supervised several priority portfolios, including national security, law enforcement, terrorism, and violent crime prevention. Mr. Ford previously spent several years as a prosecutor in the Department of Justice’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, where he managed investigations and prosecutions affecting national security, also advising U.S. Attorneys’ Offices throughout the country on national security matters. He received a number of awards for his work as a prosecutor, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the FBI Director’s Award for Outstanding Counterintelligence Investigation. Mr. Ford began his government legal career at the Department of Defense, where he was an Associate Deputy General Counsel from 2011 to 2013. In this role, he advised the Department of Defense on complex national security and counterterrorism litigation.
Before entering the legal profession, Mr. Ford served as a U.S. Navy SEAL, first with SEAL Team 5, and later with Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Mr. Ford holds a B.A., M.A. and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A. from Yale University.