Mr. James-Christian Blockwood currently serves as the Managing Director for Strategic Planning and External Liaison at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). In his role at GAO, he supports the U.S. Comptroller General in facilitating innovation, capacity building and improving governance and accountability in the United States, and around the world. He is responsible for the GAO Strategic Plan and concurrently manages the agency’s public, private, domestic and international relationships. He helped establish and oversees the GAO Center for Audit Excellence and is President of the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) International Journal of Government Auditing. Prior to GAO, he served as a Director in the Office of Policy and Planning at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) where he was responsible for establishing the department’s strategic foresight capability and helping to implement VA’s first Quadrennial Strategic Planning Process. Prior to VA, he served as a Deputy Director in the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where he helped implement the department’s first international strategy. Prior to DHS, he served as an Intelligence Officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) where he provided counterterrorism and strategic analysis while deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He received an MBA and M.A. in Government from Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. of Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College, and B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University. Mr. Blockwood is a career member of the Senior Executive Service, an inaugural Presidential Leadership Scholar, National Academy of Public Administration Fellow and member of the National Intelligence University Foundation Board of Directors.