Christopher "Chris" Hedrick[1](born 1962) is the Country Director for the U.S. Peace Corps in Senegal.[2][3] Until September of 2007, he was the President and CEO of Intrepid Learning Solutions[4], a Seattle, Washington-based learning services company which he co-founded in 1999 with Dennis Heck. Under his leadership, Intrepid was named by Inc. magazine[5] as one of the fastest growing companies in America. [6]

Previously, he served as the Technology Policy advisor to Gary Locke, the Governor of Washington state, now U.S. Secretary of Commerce. During his tenure as the governor's advisor, Washington was named as the state government that most effectively used information technology.[7]

Prior to that he was the founding Director of Strategy and Operations for the Gates Library Foundation[8], the predecessor organization to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Gates Library Foundation grew out of a program called Libraries Online [9] that Hedrick created and managed[10] at Microsoft. At Microsoft, Hedrick was a prominent advocate of bridging the "digital divide."[11]

He has also been a senior administrator at the Peace Corps, where he worked for Carol Bellamy[12]; served in the administration of Washington Governor Booth Gardner; was elected to the Olympia, Washington School Board; and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Senegal. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and a graduate of Stanford University.

Until he moved back to Senegal, he was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Evergreen State College[13], board member and Treasurer for the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)[14], the largest recipient of Gates Foundation funding for global health, and the Chairman of the Board of the Digital Learning Commons.[15]


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