Chris Anderson

Tribal Workforce Development Manager

Chris Anderson is a proud member of the Ajumawi-Atsuge Nation, also known as the Pit River Tribe, and a descendant of the Crow Tribe through his father’s lineage. With strong connections to the inter-tribal community of Chiloquin, Oregon, Chris joined the Lomakatsi team in February 2024 to help manage tribal workforce development programming.

Chris brings a myriad of experience from 20 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Marine Corps, retiring in 2014 at the rank of E-7 Gunnery Sergeant. He then spent four years with the State Department where he excelled as a research analyst, shift leader, and tactical commander, facilitating collaborations with some of the world’s most elite organizations, including the CIA and DEA. Chris’s military career included five combat tours in challenging environments such as the Philippines, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Notably, he participated in Operation Phantom Fury, the second battle of Fallujah, showcasing his commitment and bravery in the face of adversity.

In 2018, seeking to expand his horizons and knowledge, Chris left federal service to pursue higher education. He earned a degree in American History, focusing on the Civil War and Native American history. This academic achievement not only reflects Chris’s commitment to lifelong learning, but also his desire to deepen his understanding of the historical contexts that have shaped the United States. His journey from a dedicated Marine to a scholar of American History encapsulates a life of service, both in uniform and beyond, marked by a profound commitment to duty, education, and heritage.

As Tribal Workforce Development Manager with Lomakatsi, Chris is driven by a profound commitment to community service, particularly within his hometown of Chiloquin. Through close collaboration with Lomakatsi’s tribal crew, he actively contributes to the betterment of local communities. Chris’s professional satisfaction is derived from liaising with government partners to foster effective collaboration within Lomakatsi’s tribal partnerships department. Outside of his professional endeavors, Chris prioritizes quality time with his wife, son, and four daughters. His personal interests include surfing, bodyboarding, skateboarding, and piloting drones.

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