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Christian Holmes became a Senior Advisor to Boston Consulting Group in 2017. He is a core member of BCG’s Social Impact and Public Sector practices.

Chris’ focus is on strengthening the social and environmental impact of public and private sector organizations in the United States and developing world. At BCG, he has supported teams on the development of public private partnerships; the commercialization of water and disaster assessment technology; and new business development and financing model for sustainable development goals.

Christian most recently served at the US Agency for International Development as global water coordinator and deputy assistant administrator for natural resource management. He was responsible for leading the agency’s five-year, $2 billion water supply and sanitation program.

Chris held two US Senate-confirmed positions at USEPA, including serving as the agency's third ranking in his capacity as EPA’s chief financial officer. Other positions include: director of the US Trade and Development 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, he was executive director for environment, health, and safety at Tenneco Inc., a conglomerate in the manufacturing and energy sectors, and vice president for EHS, Tenneco Energy.

Areas of Expertise

  • Social impact focus: water, sustainable agriculture, health, and energy
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Environmental protection
  • Public sector
  • International economic development and humanitarian assistance
  • Water, sanitation, hygiene systems, development and innovation
  • Humantarian partnerships
  • Private-public partnerships
  • Trade and Economic Development
  • Global public health
  • Nutrition, agriculture and food security
  • Crisis Management

Honors and Awards

  • 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


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