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Amy Wilkinson

Global Fellow// Director's Office


September 1, 2013 — August 30, 2017

Professional affiliation

Senior Fellow, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard University

Full Biography

Amy M. Wilkinson is a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and senior fellow in the Center for Business and Government at Harvard University. Fascinated by how leaders must reinvent their approaches to excel in an entrepreneurial age, she is the author of The Creator's Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs, published by Simon & Schuster in 2015.

Previously, Ms. Wilkinson served in the White House Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) as a senior policy advisor and White House fellow. Working with the cabinet-ranked USTR, she outlined U.S.-China trade policy, coordinated congressional passage of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, and helped negotiate the Panama, Peru, and Colombia trade agreements.

An experienced international business executive, she joined the White House from McKinsey & Company, where she advised corporate clients on strategy and implementation. Prior to McKinsey, she was an investment banker in J.P. Morgan’s Latin America mergers and acquisitions team and founder and CEO of an international art-export company. Ms. Wilkinson began her career as chief of protocol for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico. 

Ms. Wilkinson’s media and speaking appearances include the FOX News, Fox & Friends, ABC-Channel 8 News, the Economist Innovation Summit, Federal Reserve Board of Governors, International Council of Small Business, Business and Government Relations Council, Harvard University, MIT, Stanford University, among other venues. Her articles have appeared in The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Washington Post, and USA Today among other publications.

She holds a BA, MA, and MBA from Stanford University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. 

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Amy Wilkinson is pictured here with Chairman Bernanke and a group of experts at a policy briefing meeting with the Governors of the Federal Reserve System, held on February 13, 2012.


The policy briefing provided an opportunity for Chairman Bernanke and the Governors to meet with a select group of policy experts who participated in the November Board hosted conference entitled “Small Business and Entrepreneurship during an Economic Recovery.” Led by Amy Wilkinson, these experts provided the Governors with a perspective on the role of small businesses in the current economic recovery and the forward-looking policies that support and reward entrepreneurship.


Previous Terms

Public Policy Scholar, Oct. 2007-Oct. 2013; "High Impact: How Global Entrepreneurs Shape Our Future”