Gerald Weitz

Rockford "Rocky" Weitz

Research/Areas of Interest:

Global Maritime Affairs; Maritime Security; Arctic Studies; Entrepreneurship; Leadership; Social Innovation; Technology


  • Ph.D., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • J.D., Harvard Law School
  • M.A., The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
  • B.A., 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 Tufts University. 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.

Areas of expertise

Economic Development
Globalization & Trade
History & Diplomacy
Human Rights
Humanitarian Affairs
International Business
International Communications & Public Diplomacy
International Environment & Energy
International Finance & Monetary Policy
International Law & Organizations
International Politics
International Security
Negotiations & Conflict Resolution
Political Development
Regional Studies
Science & Technology Policy

Professional Activities

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

Other Affiliations

  • Director, Fletcher Maritime Studies Program (2015-present)
  • Entrepreneur Coach, The Fletcher School (2015-present)
  • Hitachi Center for Technology and International Affairs

Courses taught

Selected Publications and Presentations


"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.