Christopher Rufo

Research Fellow, Center on Wealth, Poverty & Morality

Christopher Rufo is Discovery Institute Research Fellow, filmmaker, and writer focused on cities, inequality, and social capital.

He's directed four documentaries for PBS — Roughing It, Diamond in the Dunes, Age of Champions, and America Lost — and has appeared on NPR, CNN, ABC, CBS, HLN, and FOX News. His last film, Age of Champions, grossed $1.5 million and reached more than 3 million viewers on PBS, iTunes, Amazon, and Netflix.

Christopher is the Executive Director of the Documentary Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to producing and distributing documentaries about the American experience. His upcoming film, America Lost, tells the story of families struggling for survival in three forgotten American cities.

Christopher is active in Washington State public policy, both as a plaintiff in the lawsuit against the City of Seattle’s income tax and as a board member for the Washington Policy Center Young Professionals. His writing has appeared in National Review, The Federalist, Seattle Times, Crosscut, Puget Sound Business Journal, Filmmaker, and Indiewire.

Christopher graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.