Christopher Garcia is the Director of the Cyber Security Management Center (CSMC), in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Office of the Assistant Administrator for Information Services and Chief Information Officer, responsible for the Protection, Detection, and Response to cyber incidents.
When the decision was made to develop the Office of the Assistant Administrator for Information Services and Chief Information Officer, Garcia was asked by the Chief Information Officer (CIO) to participate in the development of the organization in May, 2000. In October, he accepted the position of Outreach Program Director.
In 1997, Garcia assisted with the development of the Air Traffic Services Year 2000 (Y2K) Program Office (AAF-6) and served as the Executive Officer in Washington DC. He later served as the Site Manager in Atlantic City, New Jersey, responsible for Y2K Implementation Deployment Testing teams. Later, Garcia served the Office for Operational Support (AOS) as the Executive Officer, AOS-3 in Washington, DC.
Garcia joined the FAA as an air traffic control specialist in 1982 after serving as a professional pilot and flight instructor with a corporate flight department. After working at Towers and Terminal Radar Approach Control Facilities (TRACON) in Philadelphia, Allentown, Reading, and New York, he left the Eastern Region Headquarters Air Traffic Division National Airspace System Implementation (AOS) organization at the New York TRACON in 1996.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Garcia is a graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and Junior College, the academy Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) Program, and American Flyers Aviation Training Academy of New York. Garcia received a BA in Political Science and BA in Honors Humanities from Villanova University College of Arts and Sciences, and a MS in Computer Science and Information Technology from the Regis University College for Professional Studies, Denver, Colorado. A graduate of the National Defense University Information Resources College with numerous certifications, he currently serves as a member of the associate faculty within Regis University's College of Professional Studies.