Lawrence S. Cooley

Global Development & Exchange Committee Chair

Larry Cooley began his term on the World Learning Board in October 2011. He has worked in more than 50 countries across Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia, North America, and the Middle East in strategic management, public sector reform, and international development.

Cooley is the founder and president of Management Systems International (MSI), an international development consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC. Prior to establishing MSI, he worked with the United Nations Development Programme, the World Bank, Practical Concepts, and Lesotho’s Ministry of Planning as a Peace Corps Volunteer.

He is a National Academy of Public Administration Fellow, a member of the Governing Council of the Society for International Development, and member of the boards of the United Nations Association, ELMA Philanthropies, the Coalition of International Development Companies, Bretton Woods Committee, the International Honors Program, and the Professional Services Council. He chaired the Development Management Network of the American Society for Public Administration and was a member of the Rockefeller Commission Study Group on Future US Foreign Assistance.

Cooley holds a BA in Anthropology and Sociology from Colgate University, an MA in Economics from Columbia University, an MPA in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, and an M Phil in Management and Enterprise Development from the Cranfield School of Management in the UK.