Christopher K. Tucker is businessman and social entrepreneur active in the geospatial industry and the US national security community, and as Principal of Yale House Ventures, manages a portfolio of technology startups and social ventures.
He was the founding chief strategic officer of In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital fund, charged with developing In-Q-Tel's overall strategy for tackling the priority information technologies problems of the agency. Tucker worked with the original CIA team, which later became known as the In-Q-Tel Interface Center, to define and set up the original organization (first known as In-Q-It).
Before joining In-Q-Tel, Tucker served as special adviser to the executive vice provost of Columbia University. While at Columbia, Tucker co-founded the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes (now at Arizona State University) and the Columbia Public Policy Consortium, and co-taught courses at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Tucker stepped down as senior vice president for the Americas and national programs at ERDAS in November 2008; about the same time his name was being floated in back channel conversations for a position at CIA. He joined ERDAS by way of its acquisition of IONIC Enterprise, where Tucker had served as president and CEO since leaving In-Q-Tel.
Tucker is the founder of the MapStory Foundation which seeks to develop an online social media channel/platform that enables a global community of experts to “crowd source” socio-cultural data within a geospatial and temporal framework, and to publish "MapStories" as spatio-temporally enabled narratives.
Tucker is also the President and member of the Board of Directors of Friends of the Arc which advocates for the implementation of the Palestinian Arc as conceived by the RAND Corporation and Suisman Urban Design, as a path toward the resolution of the Middle East conflict. The Arc has been covered extensively in the press as a viable path toward peace.