Holly Wise

Visiting Professor, Global Human Development Program, School of Foreign Service

Professor Wise leads the GHD/SFS Global Social Enterprise and Development Fellows Program with the McDonough School of Business. Her teaching areas include social enterprise, innovation and enterprise development. Current research and advisory activities focus on corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships, leadership development, social enterprise case studies, and monitoring and evaluation of multi-stakeholder alliances.

Professor Wise serves as a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a senior fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2006-2011). She sits on the boards of FHI360, Grassroots Business Partners, Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), LivingGoods, and GlobalGiving. Ms. Wise is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Holly Wise spent a career in the foreign service with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), achieving the diplomatic rank of Minister Counselor. During a career at USAID, Ms. Wise’s assignments covered the areas of health, education, private enterprise development, and creation and management of a new business model for foreign assistance based on partnership with the private sector. 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, Ms. Wise served as USAID chair at the National Defense University where she taught political science, environmental courses, and published research on China. Professor Wise is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Connecticut College and holds advanced degrees from Yale University and the National Defense University.