Greg Houston

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Communications

In his current role at Search for Common Ground, Greg Houston oversees global communications, philanthropic fundraising, and organizational partnerships.

Between 2014-2016, he served as Director of Multilateral Relations for the American Continental Group (ACG) engaging the NGO, think-tank, university, and social sectors in policy matters. He also advised the firm on US-Canada and US-China trade matters.

From 2010-2014, Greg served as Senior Vice President of External Affairs at Meridian International Center, a leading NGO for public diplomacy, leadership development, and policy convening. At Meridian, he oversaw all communications, government partnerships, business and philanthropic development, public programs and conferences, and start-up initiatives. He opened offices in China, India, Paris, Canada, Dubai, and Istanbul, and launched the Global Leadership Summit series of traveling policy conferences.

Prior to joining Meridian, Greg was a founding partner of Counterfactual Strategies, a division within Odell Simms and Lynch, a consultancy for political and non-profit fundraising, organizational strategic planning, and international economic development. His work primarily focused on advising institutionally funded non-profit clients in structural matters related to growth and sustainability. He remained a compensated advisor to the firm until October 2016.

From 2001-2008, Greg was Director of New Initiatives, among other roles, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, one of the world’s leading think-tanks. At the Center he created institutes, programs, and projects in 16 countries on six continents, worked with six US Presidents, numerous foreign heads of State and Government, CEOs, domestic and foreign policy makers, and leading non-profit figures.

He began his career in local Arizona politics before moving to Washington to work for Arizona Senator John McCain. He has since worked for and advised leading political figures in formal and voluntarily capacities on both sides of the aisle.

Greg holds a Masters with Merit from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Public Administration with a concentration on development economics. He completed additional post-grad study as the 2011 Social Entrepreneurship Scholar (PLD, Class of 1972 Endowment) at Harvard University (HBS). He obtained his undergraduate degree from the Honors College of the University of Arizona.

Greg has written several noted white papers including The Capacity Building Implications of Aid Donations on “Good” and “Weak” State Governance Structures and The Balanced Equation Model of Social Organization Evaluation. He has appeared on CNN, BBC international, China Daily (TV) and various local television and radio programs.

He is a member of the University Club of Washington and the Washington Rising Leaders Council, and was named one of Washington’s “Most Influential Under 40” by Washington Life Magazine in 2012, ’13,’14, and ’15.