John L. Holden

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics
Expertise: Asia, China
Associated Programs: Chinese Business and Economics

John L. Holden is a senior associate with the Trustee Chair in Chinese Business and Economics at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is currently senior director and head of the China practice for McLarty Associates. He has over four decades of experience in the private sector and the nonprofit community building bridges between the United States and China. He has managed the China business for leading U.S. firms, including Cargill and Hill & Knowlton. He has served with distinction as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, president of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, founding associate dean of the Yenching Academy of Peking University, and president and CEO of the US-China Strong Foundation. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations and serves as adviser to a number of nonprofit organizations. He received a B.A. magna cum laude in Chinese language and literature from the University of Minnesota and an M.A. in the same field from Stanford University. In May 2017, Holden received an award for “Outstanding Service and Contribution to Education in China” from the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.