Christopher Pratt, a member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), currently serves as Principal Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs. Mr. Pratt joins the Department of State from the Department of Defense (DoD) where he served as Chief of Hostage Recovery/Personnel Recovery in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. Prior to his service at the DoD, Mr. Pratt was a Senior Advisor at the Department of State, supporting the Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.
From 2007 to 2017, Mr. Pratt worked in the private sector designing, implementing, and managing programs for a variety of U.S. Government clients. In 2009, he was selected to establish an interagency program for the Commander of all forces in Afghanistan and served initially as the Lead Country Advisor and later as the Chief Intelligence Officer of the unit. In 2011, Mr. Pratt founded and led a similar initiative for the Commanding General of the Combined Forces Special Operations Command where he embedded with special operations teams throughout Afghanistan to expand and improve special operations programs.
Prior to 2007, Mr. Pratt practiced intellectual property law. He holds a Juris Doctor from The George Washington University Law School and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Virginia Tech. He speaks Pashto and Swedish.