Colin Holmes is the Director of the Office of Land and Urban (LU) in USAID’s Bureau of Economic Growth, Education, and Environment. LU leads the Agency’s efforts to strengthen land tenure and property rights of individuals, businesses and communities, and to promote sustainable urbanization, improved municipal governance and improved service delivery. LU also leads USAID’s work to combat ocean plastic pollution.

Colin joined USAID in 2009 and served as the Agency’s Development Grants Program Coordinator prior to joining the Foreign Service in 2011. He has served as a Program Officer in Nepal and as an Environment Officer Bangladesh. After returning to Washington in 2016, Colin served on the management team of USAID’s Office of Forestry and Biodiversity where he supported improved biodiversity programming in twenty missions as the COR of the Measuring Impact contract.

Prior to joining USAID, Colin worked in environmental compliance at the International Finance Corporation and as an Environmental Health Inspector in Central California. He holds a Masters in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University and a BS in Biology from Santa Clara University.