John L. Wilkinson
Senior Associate, Governance and International Development Programs
John brings a rare combination of skills to MAPP Associates and its clients. He is a former member of the U.S. Government’s Senior Executive Service who held senior positions at the U.S. Agency for International Development while simultaneously serving as a Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force and the USAF Reserve. Since retiring from government and military service, he has held senior leadership positions at several international companies. He received a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an M.A. in International Affairs from Florida State University, and an M.A. in Economics from the George Washington University. At MAPP Associates, he is responsible for foreign investment; U.S. and multilateral development activities; operations in emerging economies and post-conflict environments; and Middle East affairs.
During his 23-year career with USAID, John oversaw the Bureau for Private Enterprise and the Bureau for Asia and the Near East, with a budget of $2.5B annually. He twice served as a Deputy Assistant Administrator (one of ten non-political appointees in that position), and also served as Acting Assistant Administrator. Among his accomplishments, he implemented the Agency’s Private Sector Initiative and oversaw the development, approval, and launch of USAID’s Development Credit Authority. Both of these activities underpin public-private cooperation projects in a number of developing countries. In addition, he was responsible for negotiations with the Palestinian Authority and the governments of Egypt and Jordan as well as Japan’s International Cooperation Agency.
As an officer for 34 years in both the Regular and Reserve components of the U.S. Air Force, John rose to the rank of Brigadier General, ultimately serving as the senior Reserve intelligence officer in the Air Force, overseeing operations by some 16,000 people worldwide.
Since leaving government and military service, John has held a number of senior executive positons in industry. As Vice President for Operations, and later President, of RONCO Consulting Corporation, he grew revenues from $32M to more than $130M, and moved the company into several adjacent markets serving the Defense Department, the State Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NATO, and various private sector companies. He left RONCO to serve as founding President of Exploration Logistics, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of a large British company. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President of Onsite Occupational Health and Safety, the largest private sector medical services company in Afghanistan.