Chris Holmes is an expert in water, climate change, public health, environmental protection, and international economic development. His focus is on strengthening the environmental, public health, and international economic development impact of public and private sector organizations in developed and developing countries.

Chris’s work with BCG has included supporting teams concerned with the performance of water and wastewater utilities, hazardous and solid waste management, commercialization of water treatment and disaster assessment technology; improving the total societal impact of agribusiness companies; the implementation of international economic development programs; improving the performance of development finance institutions; and developing public-private partnerships.

Chris most recently served at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as global water coordinator, deputy assistant administrator for water, and acting deputy assistant administrator for natural resource management where he led USAID’s cluster of technical offices responsible for climate change, water, biodiversity, and land tenure. He was responsible for coordinating the agency’s five-year, $2 billion water supply, sanitation and hygiene program, which included developing public-private partnerships with major US companies in the water sector.

He also held two US Senate-confirmed positions at the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), including serving as the agency's third-ranking executive as chief financial officer and assistant administrator for administration and resource management. Other previous positions include: director of the US Trade and Development Program (now Agency), acting director of USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Programs.

In the private sector, Chris’ positions included executive director for environment, health, and safety (EHS) at Tenneco Inc., a conglomerate in the manufacturing and energy industries, and vice president for EHS, Tenneco Energy. Chris served as a Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army Reserves, and is a recipient of the US Army Soldiers Medal for Heroism.


  • Honorary MA, in recognition of achievements in international economic development, Wesleyan University
  • BA, political science and government, Wesleyan University


  • United States Army Soldier’s Medal for Heroism, The President of the United States of America
  • Gold medal, United States Environmental Protection Agency
  • Presidential Meritorious Service award, USAID
  • Arthur S. Fleming Award, George Washington University