Chris Beatty joined CLS Strategies after a decade of experience with KRL International, an international consulting firm, where he operated in some of the world’s most challenging markets. He has traveled extensively throughout the developing world, with noted experience in sub-Saharan Africa. He has vast experience working on the ground in post-conflict and post-disaster environments, playing an advisory role in several peaceful democratic transitions. In addition, Chris has supported Fortune 500 companies in designing and implementing market entry and political risk mitigation strategies. He has also advised foreign political campaigns and governments on matters related to U.S. government advocacy, political positioning and communications.
In Haiti, both before and after the devastating 2010 earthquake, Chris worked with an American telecommunications company to support the coordination of development and relief efforts between the local government, donors and the private sector. During the 2014-2015 outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa, Chris worked to support the coordination and mobilization of response efforts of the host governments, donors, NGOs and the private sector, specifically through the Ebola Private Sector Mobilization Group (EPSMG), which coordinated the response of over 100 companies operating in and around the affected areas.
Chris served as a government relations and communications advisor to the administration of H.E. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from 2007 to 2017 and the administration of H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo from his inauguration in 2017 to early 2018. He has also served as a strategic advisor on numerous political campaigns, including the 2011 re-election of President Sirleaf in Liberia and the 2016 election of President Akufo-Addo in Ghana.
Chris lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Sarah, and their dog, Marla Hooch. He is a graduate of The George Washington University.