Chris Hedrick

Chris Hedrick is the Country Director for the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal. Hedrick also leads the Peace Corps efforts in malaria prevention in Senegal, which are now being extended under his coordination to Peace Corps programs across Africa. Hedrick led the development of the Peace Corps/Senegal Food Security initiative which is the largest USAID-funded Peace Corps food security project in the world under the global Feed the Future program.

Until September 2007, he was the President and CEO of Intrepid Learning Solutions, a Seattle, Washington-based learning services company which he co-founded in 1999 with Dennis Heck. Under his leadership, Intrepid was named by Inc. magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America. Hedrick raised investments for Intrepid from venture capital companies Madrona Venture Group, FTV Capital, and Rustic Canyon Partners and from individuals including William H. Gates, Sr.

Previously, he served as the Technology Policy advisor to Gary Locke, the Governor of Washington state, subsequently U.S. Secretary of Commerce and Ambassador to China. Prior to that he was the founding Director of Strategy and Operations for the Gates Library Foundation, the predecessor organization to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Library Foundation grew out of a program called Libraries Online that Hedrick created and managed at Microsoft.

He has also been a senior administrator at the Peace Corps, where he worked for Carol Bellamy; served in the administration of Washington Governor Booth Gardner; was elected to the Olympia, Washington School Board; and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and a graduate of Stanford University.

Until he moved back to Senegal, he was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Evergreen State College, board member and Treasurer for the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), the largest recipient of Gates Foundation funding for global health, and the Chairman of the Board of the Digital Learning Commons.

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