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Christian Holmes was designated USAID's Global Water Coordinator in February 2011. He is the first USAID executive to serve in this position. Holmes is the senior representative within USAID responsible for advising the USAID Administrator on water matters and for coordinating the implementation of key water program and policy initiatives, including USAID’s water strategy.
In addition to serving as the USAID Global Water Coordinator, he has also concurrently served since 2013 as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and the Environment (E3), where he is responsible for managing the E3 offices responsible for global climate change; water; land tenure and resource management; and forestry and biodiversity.
Since rejoining USAID in January 2010 initially as the senior advisor for Energy and Environment, he has supported in the field USAID missions in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Egypt, Yemen, Ghana, Liberia, Kenya, and Ethiopia on water and food security matters.
Holmes brings extensive public and private sector experience in international economic development, humanitarian assistance and environmental protection sectors. This includes having served as the Director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (TDA), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Refugee Programs (State/RP), and Acting Director of the USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA).
At TDA, he led a global economic and trade development agency, concentrating on China. At OFDA and State/RP, he led relief efforts to help the victims of war and natural disasters throughout the developing world, including in East Timor, Cambodia, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Also at USAID, he served concurrently as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Private Enterprise and the Executive Director of the President’s Task Force on International Private Enterprise.
At the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), he served as that agency's third ranking executive and held simultaneously two Senate-confirmed positions, Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Administrator for Administration and Resource Management. He also served as EPA’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Federal Facilities Enforcement and Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response. He received the EPA Gold Medal.
Other assignments in the environmental sector include serving as Vice President, Environment, Safety and Health, Tenneco Energy.
As a USAID Senior Foreign Service Officer with rank of Minister Counselor, he twice received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award. He received the Arthur S. Fleming award for his leadership of OFDA.
Holmes served in the U.S. Army, Second Lieutenant, Civil Affairs, receiving the U.S. Army Soldier’s Medal for Heroism.
Last updated: February 24, 2014