Wesley D. Wilson currently serves as the director of policy development for the HELP Commission, a Congressional and Presidential commission which is examining how to better structure the U.S. Government’s foreign assistance programs. Previously, he was a senior policy advisor to the administrator of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with oversight for regional programs in Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe; and functional programs in democracy, governance and economic growth.
In 2004-05, Wilson worked to establish the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government initiative to support developing countries pursuing good governance, economic freedom, and health and education for their people. While at MCC, Wilson worked to develop partnerships with government officials in Cape Verde, Ghana, Lesotho, Madagascar and Mozambique. Prior to this, he served in policy and public affairs positions at USAID, and worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in legislative and international affairs.
A native of southwest Missouri, Wilson earned a Bachelor of Science in public policy from Missouri State University. He holds a Master of Public Affairs from Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, where he served as a managing editor of the LBJ Journal of Public Affairs.