Rockford "Rocky" Weitz

Professor of Practice, Entrepreneur Coach, and Director of the Fletcher Maritime Studies Program

  • PhD, The Fletcher School
  • JD, Harvard Law School
  • MA, The Fletcher School
  • BA, College of William and Mary


Rockford Weitz is Professor of Practice, Entrepreneur Coach, and Director of the Maritime Studies Program at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He also serves as president of the Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit seeking practical solutions to global maritime challenges, and president & CEO at Rhumb Line International LLC, a consultancy providing strategic advice to entrepreneurs and startups. In 2014, Rockford served as founding executive director at FinTech Sandbox Inc. From 2008 to 2013, he served as founding CEO at CargoMetrics, leading the effort to build a VC-backed financial technology business that started in his Cambridge apartment. Prior to co-founding CargoMetrics, he was a senior fellow at the Institute for Global Maritime Studies, a team leader of Fletcher's Abu Dhabi Project, a fellow at Fletcher's Maritime Studies Program, and a fellow at Fletcher's Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies. He has taught courses in Jurisprudence, Maritime Security, and Global Maritime Affairs at The Fletcher School, and published op-eds in The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, and The Straits Times (Singapore), among others. Before co-founding Rhumb Line in 2005, he served as international counsel at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc., leading the effort to open 12 international subsidiaries and streamline global operations. He also worked at the U.S. Trade Representative, and co-founded and served as program director of the Borgenicht Peace Initiative, a social entrepreneurship venture in Bethlehem. Rockford earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Fletcher School, and a B.A. in International Relations: Political Economy from the College of William and Mary. He is a fellow in the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, a member of the Fletcher School's Advancement Council, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Director, Fletcher Maritime Studies Program (2015 to present)
  • Entrepreneur Coach, The Fletcher School (2015 to present)
  • Co-Founder, Blue Water Metrics Inc. (2016 to present)
  • President & Board Director, Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc. (2014 to present)
  • Member, Council on Foreign Relations (2013 to present)
  • U.S. - Japan Leadership Program, Delegate (2006 to 2007), Fellow (2007 to present)
  • President & CEO, Rhumb Line International LLC (2005 to present)
  • Investor & Advisor, EverVest (formerly Cardinal Wind) (2014 to 2016)
  • Founding Executive Director, FinTech Sandbox Inc. (2014)
  • Founding CEO & Board Chair, CargoMetrics (2008 to 2013)
  • Senior Fellow & Founding Board Director, Institute for Global Maritime Studies Inc. (2007 to 2014)
  • Counter-Terrorism Research Fellow, Jebsen Center for Counter-Terrorism Studies, The Fletcher School (2006 to 2007)
  • Team Leader, Fletcher Abu Dhabi Project (2006 to 2007)
  • International Counsel, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (2000 to 2005)
  • Co-Founder & Program Director, Borgenicht Peace Initiative (1996 to 1999)
  • Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs

Research Interests
  • Global Maritime Affairs
  • Maritime Security
  • Arctic Studies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Social Innovation
  • Technology
• "Deep Blue Highway – How Coastal Shipping Could Reduce Traffic Congestion, Lower Pollution, and Bolster National Security." Co-authored report with the Institute for Global Maritime Studies, September 2008.
• “Peace-Building at the Grassroots Level,” Middle East Insight, March-April 1998 (Vol.13, No.3), page 49.

• “Preventing Terrorist Best Practices from Going Mass Market: A Case Study of Suicide Attacks ‘Crossing the Chasm,’” chapter with Stacy Reiter Neal, in Sean Costigan, ed., Terrornomics (Ashgate, 2007).

• “Put Ship in Shipping,” with John Curtis Perry and Scott Borgerson, The Baltimore Sun, April 8, 2008.
• “Open a New Highway – on the Sea,” with John Curtis Perry and Scott Borgerson, The Christian Science Monitor, December 13, 2007.
• “Navigating the Swirling Currents of Change,” with John Curtis Perry and Scott Borgerson, The Straits Times (Singapore), July 10, 2006.
• “The Deep Blue Highway,” with John Curtis Perry and Scott Borgerson, The New York Times, January 2, 2007.

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