Christopher K. 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, OpenPlans, and its open source software division OpenGeo. Tucker has served on the Defense Science Board’s Intelligence Task Force, the National Research Council’s Committee on NGA’s GEOINT Research Priorities, and the Secretary of the Interior’s National Geospatial Advisory Committee. Currently, Tucker serves as one of the NGA Director’s Independent Advisors.

Tucker also serves as Chairman of the Board and CEO of the MapStory Foundation, one of the social ventures he created.

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 technology problems. Before that, Tucker served as Special Advisor to the Executive Vice Provost of Columbia University, where he 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 University, Tucker co-founded the Center for Science, Policy and Outcomes.