Holly Wise is a Visiting Associate Professor at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, teaching graduate level courses including:
Innovation & Development
Social Enterprise & Development
Small & Medium Enterprise Development
Through her consultancy practice, Wise Solutions LLC, Holly Wise brings international development, corporate social responsibility, public-private alliance, and business development expertise to corporations, foundations and non-profits. Prior to founding Wise Solutions, Wise spent 26 years in the foreign service with the US 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, Wise served as USAID chair at the National Defense University where she taught political science, environmental courses, and published research on China.
Wise serves as a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, sits on the boards of WRAP, GlobalGiving, LivingGoods, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Wise holds a Master of Public Health from Yale University, a M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College.