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Daniel B. Wright

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Foreign Policy, John L. Thornton China Center

Daniel B. Wright is founder, president, and CEO of GreenPoint Group, a boutique U.S.-China strategic advisory firm. He assists clients through his three decades of China experience building bridges between people, resources, and public policy, eight of those years in China.

Wright was formerly senior vice president and China practice head of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm based in Washington, D.C.  Previously he served at the U.S. Treasury Department as managing director for China and the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) where he provided strategic counsel to the Secretary of Treasury Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and SED Special Envoy Alan F. Holmer for this Cabinet-level economic exchange with China. Wright worked exclusively on China policy issues, developing and coordinating interagency strategies to achieve prioritized objectives with Cabinet-level Chinese agencies.

Prior to his appointment in March 2007, Wright was vice president and Washington D.C. office director of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) since 2004. At NBR, he led the organization’s external relations with U.S. Congress, media, and think tanks, and advised members of Congress and staff on Asia-related matters. At NBR, he also designed and implemented policy-relevant programs in China and the United States, including the national “Next Generation Leadership in Asian Affairs” fellowship program.

From 2000 to 2004, Wright served as the executive director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Program of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the premier educational joint-venture program between the United States and China.

From 1997 to 1999, Wright held a fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs, during which he lived in southwest China’s Guizhou Province and wrote monthly reports from the perspective of grassroots societies in the country’s hinterland, with particular focus on governance and socioeconomic development issues. He has also worked as manager of Asian affairs for the Washington, D.C. consulting firm Andreae, Vick & Associates. He began his professional career as a translator at the Foreign Language Bureau in Beijing.

Wright has been a visiting scholar at Qinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management. He studied Chinese and Chinese literature at Beijing University, the Beijing Foreign Language Institute, and the Beijing Languages Institute. He speaks frequently on China and has published two books: “The Promise of the Revolution: Stories of Fulfillment and Struggle in China’s Hinterland” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003) and “Wo Kan Zhongguo” (China Through My Eyes), (published in Chinese by Guangxi Education Publishing House, 2000).

Wright is a nonresident senior fellow with the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, a trustee of the Institute of Current World Affairs, and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Wright earned his doctorate and master’s from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s from Vanderbilt University.

Daniel B. Wright is founder, president, and CEO of GreenPoint Group, a boutique U.S.-China strategic advisory firm. He assists clients through his three decades of China experience building bridges between people, resources, and public policy, eight of those years in China.

Wright was formerly senior vice president and China practice head of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm based in Washington, D.C.  Previously he served at the U.S. Treasury Department as managing director for China and the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED) where he provided strategic counsel to the Secretary of Treasury Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and SED Special Envoy Alan F. Holmer for this Cabinet-level economic exchange with China. Wright worked exclusively on China policy issues, developing and coordinating interagency strategies to achieve prioritized objectives with Cabinet-level Chinese agencies.

Prior to his appointment in March 2007, Wright was vice president and Washington D.C. office director of the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) since 2004. At NBR, he led the organization’s external relations with U.S. Congress, media, and think tanks, and advised members of Congress and staff on Asia-related matters. At NBR, he also designed and implemented policy-relevant programs in China and the United States, including the national “Next Generation Leadership in Asian Affairs” fellowship program.

From 2000 to 2004, Wright served as the executive director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Program of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the premier educational joint-venture program between the United States and China.

From 1997 to 1999, Wright held a fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs, during which he lived in southwest China’s Guizhou Province and wrote monthly reports from the perspective of grassroots societies in the country’s hinterland, with particular focus on governance and socioeconomic development issues. He has also worked as manager of Asian affairs for the Washington, D.C. consulting firm Andreae, Vick & Associates. He began his professional career as a translator at the Foreign Language Bureau in Beijing.

Wright has been a visiting scholar at Qinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management. He studied Chinese and Chinese literature at Beijing University, the Beijing Foreign Language Institute, and the Beijing Languages Institute. He speaks frequently on China and has published two books: “The Promise of the Revolution: Stories of Fulfillment and Struggle in China’s Hinterland” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003) and “Wo Kan Zhongguo” (China Through My Eyes), (published in Chinese by Guangxi Education Publishing House, 2000).

Wright is a nonresident senior fellow with the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution, a trustee of the Institute of Current World Affairs, and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.

Wright earned his doctorate and master’s from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his bachelor’s from Vanderbilt University.

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