Greg Houston

Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Communications

From 2010-2014, Greg served as Senior Vice President of Development and External Affairs with Meridian International Center. 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 and a Senior Advisor to Odell Simms and Lynch, a leading consultant for non-profit fundraising, organizational strategic planning, and international economic development. His work primarily focused on advising government funded non-profit clients in structural matters related to growth and sustainability.

From 2001-2008, Greg was Director of Development 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.

Greg works with the Association for Corporate Growth on engaging the NGO, think-tank, university and social sectors in policy matters. He also advises the firm on US-Canada trade and policy issues. Throughout his career, he has worked with governments and policy organizations around the United States and in over 50 countries to facilitate open dialogues and citizen engagement in key trade policy issues.

Greg began his career in local politics before moving to Washington to work for Arizona Senator John McCain. He has since worked for leading political figures - both Republican and Democrat - and remains an advocate for bipartisan approaches to policymaking.

He graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in political science and sociology and holds a Masters with Merit from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Public Administration with a concentration on global economics. He completed additional post-grad study as a Social Entrepreneurship Scholar (PLD, Class of 1972 Endowment) at Harvard Business School.

Greg has written several 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, and ’14.