In the field of global poverty alleviation, CMMB chief executive officer Bruce Wilkinson brings deep experiential understanding and a commitment to individual empowerment in support of sustainable solutions. His strategic and operational experiences span 30 years in Africa, seven in Washington, DC, and three in Europe, across applied linguistics, education, maternal and child health, humanitarian assistance, economic development, agriculture, and HIV/AIDS.
Inspired as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana and at the Summer Institute of Linguistics in Mali, he has acquired expertise in virtually all the areas within CMMB’s focus, including volunteerism, work with gifts in kind and corporate engagement, and programming for maternal and child health. During 25 years at World Vision, he was instrumental in mobilizing U.S. commitment toward the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR); served as chief of party for the five-year, $250 million, USAID-funded RAPIDS initiative, which cared for 260,000 Zambian orphans and vulnerable children; led nine country programs with an annual budget of $450 to $600 million; and established a strong track record in policy influence for developing countries.
He has a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Gordon College and an MBA in international management from Cambridge University, England, with additional diploma studies in linguistics, French, and anthropology.