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The State of the USA

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Chris Hoenig

The State of the USA, Inc.

Chris Hoenig is a leader with a reputation for defining and solving tough, high-value issues and opportunities. His career is dedicated to producing fundamental innovations in how we understand and improve our collective problem-solving capabilities.

Over 25 years, his experience has ranged from transformational leadership to technical innovation; from expert advisor to widely published author; from private enterprise to public service; and from small-scale entrepreneurship to national and global leadership.

Currently, he is serving as president and CEO of The State of The USA, Inc. This is a new nonprofit endeavor whose mission is to use quality information and advanced technology to enable the American people to assess for themselves the status and progress of the United States.

Mr. Hoenig has worked with organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors—first as a consultant with McKinsey & Co., then as a managing director at the GAO, as a Vice-President of Strategy at IBM and as Chairman of the Key National Indicators Initiative under the auspices of the National Academies. In these jobs, he applied an ongoing body of work on the fundamentals of leadership and complex problem solving, which was first published in The Problem Solving Journey (Perseus Books).

Mr. Hoenig has helped to define the major issues facing society in the 21st century. This began with work for the U.S. Congress defining challenges for the United States, which ultimately led to the creation of The State of the USA. He also conceived and helped lead the Global Project on Measuring Societal Progress with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

In the arena of innovation, he created one of the world’s first commercial online information services, Transpotel. This was followed by the Solution System technology developed at Exolve, Inc. He recently led the development of Societal Intelligence at IBM. And he is currently working on approaches to large-scale Social Innovation.

His formal education includes undergraduate work (BA) in history from Yale University and two graduate degrees in International Politics, Law and Economics from Cambridge University (M.Phil.) and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (M.A.L.D.). He lives in Washington, DC with his wife Susan and daughter Sophia.

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