Christian Holmes '64 is the USAID Global Water Coordinator, the senior executive within the organization responsible for developing and implementing the first global water strategy in the history of USAID. This strategy guides in some 40 countries water programs reaching approximately 4 million people a year.
His work with USAID touches a broad spectrum of sectors linked to water: food, health, education, conflict and climate change. Over the last year, he has worked in the field supporting USAID missions in Haiti, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Liberia and Kenya.
For almost 25 years he has served in a number of leadership positions with the Department of State and USAID, including as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Programs, the Acting Director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and the Director of the US Trade and Development Agency.
Other US Government assignments have included serving as the third ranking officer at the US Environmental Protection Agency, as its Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Administrator for Management.
A graduate of Wesleyan University, Holmes served as a Second Lieutenant for Civil Affairs in the US Army. He received the US Army Soldier's Medal for Heroism. In addition to his extraordinary service record here in the United States and around the world, he has served Webb for many years as a trustee (1998-2009) and a class agent since 2000.
Holmes resides in Washington, DC with his wife Noel. They have two children: Elizabeth and Christian (a graduate of WSC's class of '05).
In October 2014, Holmes received the Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award, which gives recognition to an alumnus/a for their significant success and prominence in their professional career or vocation, bringing honor to themselves and to Webb. The recipients has also demonstrated exemplary service to the local, national or global community.
For more information about his work abroad, please read Christian Holmes' series From The Field