Holly Wise

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Project on Prosperity and Development

Holly Wise leads a consultancy practice, Wise Solutions LLC, which brings international development, corporate social responsibility, public-private alliance, and business development expertise to corporations, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. She serves as a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and was a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government (2006–2011). She teaches enterprise development and social entrepreneurship at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service; sits on the boards of WRAP, GlobalGiving, Living Goods, FHI 360, Grassroots Business Partners, and CDS; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She spent 26 years in the Foreign Service with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the diplomatic rank of minister counselor. She is the founder and first secretariat director of the Global Development Alliance, USAID’s business model that forges strategic alliances between public and private partners in addressing international development issues. Under her leadership, 300 alliances were formed with $1.1 billion in USAID funding, leveraging $3.8 billion in private resources for the world’s poor. In addition to overseas tours in Uganda, Kenya, Barbados, the Philippines, and China, she has served as USAID chair at the National Defense University, where she taught political science and environmental courses and published research on China. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College and holds advanced degrees from Yale University and National Defense University.