Christopher Finan was a member of the Delaware Valley High School Class of 1996. Active in his class, he was involved in student government, Mock Trial, varsity basketball, and varsity football, where he served as captain of the team. He was a member of the prestigious National Honor Society and at graduation received the Arthur Ridley Award.
Following his high school graduation, Chris attended the United States Air Force Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. He was honored as a Distinguished Graduate of the Academy.
Chris served in the United States Air Force for seven years, where he was first a pilot and later served as an intelligence officer specializing in the Middle East. He was deployed to Iraq from 2006 to 2007 where he worked with the Iraqi government in rebuilding and protecting the country’s infrastructure.
Chris left the military in 2007 and moved to Washington, DC, where he worked on innovative programs for the Department of Defense. He was appointed by the Obama Administration to a cybersecurity policy role in the Office of the Secretary of Defense in 2009. After a year working for the Department of Defense, Chris was appointed to a role on the National Security staff in the White House where he led the President’s cybersecurity legislative reform agenda. For the next two years, he served as the principal liaison to Congress for enacting comprehensive updates to the nation’s laws for the digital age.
Chris left federal service in 2013 when he founded startup companies in Silicon Valley that addressed digital threats to society. He is currently CEO and co-founder of Manifold Technology, a Silicon Valley based startup that offers high-performance blockchain distributed ledger infrastructure and a retail marketplace application.