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Christopher Hodge is the Assistant Director of Governmental Affairs for the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Working alongside Mary Ann Gosa-Hooks, he helps monitor legislative issues that affect UF/IFAS and related industries. Christopher develops and implements strategies designed to build governmental partnerships to stimulate funding opportunities, foster innovation, and further the UF/IFAS mission. He also manages and coordinates the UF/IFAS Council on Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Teaching (CARET).

Christopher has previously worked in the Florida House of Representatives as Legislative Assistant to Representative James Buchanan. In his time in the Florida House, Christopher worked on statewide environmental, agricultural, and flooding policy and appropriations.

Christopher earned his bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences with a minor in Medical Anthropology from UCF. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. As a student, he was active on campus and in state politics, serving in several leadership positions of student organizations and interning in the Florida State Capitol.