Tomicah Tillemann

Director, Bretton Woods II

Tomicah Tillemann is a leader in the fields of social finance and civic innovation. He serves as director of the Bretton Woods II program at New America. He and his team work with large asset owners to reduce risk and volatility through strategic investments in social impact and development. He is also cofounder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator and a member of the advisory board of the BitFury Group, a leading provider of Blockchain infrastructure. He works with the firm to harness Blockchain technology for governance and social impact applications. 

Between 2010 and 2014, Tillemann served under Hillary Clinton and John Kerry as the secretary of state's senior advisor for civil society and emerging democracies. Tillemann led a team of experts that operated like venture capitalists in translating promising ideas and technologies into successful foreign policy. He also established and chaired the State Department's Global Philanthropy Working Group and the State Department's Federal Advisory Committee on civil society. 

Tillemann joined the State Department in 2009 as Secretary Clinton's speechwriter and collaborated with her on over 200 speeches. Previously, he spent four years on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as an advisor to Chairmen Joe Biden and John Kerry. Tillemann’s other professional experience includes work with the White House, five U.S. Senate and congressional campaigns, Reuters New Media, and the World Bank. 

Tillemann is a co-holder of four patents. He has helped launch and lead numerous civil society organizations and foundations. He received his B.A. magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a Ph.D. with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He has lectured at Yale and Princeton and testified repeatedly before Congress. He is a frequent keynote speaker and guest on media outlets including the BBC and public radio.

All Work

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CalPERS, CPPIB Named Among World's Most Responsible Asset Allocators

Bretton Woods II and Tomicah Tillemann were both featured in an article by the Institutional Investor.


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Bretton Woods II Responsible Asset Allocator Initiative

Helping asset allocators reduce risks & optimize returns through strategic investments in responsible investing & sustainable development.


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The New Golden Mean: Converging Trends in Impact Investment, Financial Markets, and Corporate Strategy

A panel on impact investment featuring Tomicah Tillemann was covered in the Diplomatic Courier.


There's a Right Order to Saving the World

The question isn't which of the targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals should be hit, but how we might effectively hit them all.


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Blockchain Summit Examines The Role Of Privilege In Spreading A Democratizing Technology

Tomicah Tillemann moderated a panel at the Bitfury Group Blockchain Summit.


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The First Government To Secure Land Titles On The Bitcoin Blockchain Expands Project

Bretton Woods II’s Blockchain Accelerator and Tomicah Tillemann were cited in Forbes.


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How Blockchain Could Help Strengthen Developing Nations

Tomicah Tillemann was quoted in Investor's Business Daily regarding Georgia's use of an online land-registry system and the strengths of blo


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The Trillion Dollar Challenge

As the world turns its attention to the UN General Assembly, join us for a conversation with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken.


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Blockchain Delegation Attends Democratic National Convention

Tomicah Tillemann's presentation at the Democratic National Convention about the Blockchain Trust Accelerator was covered in Medium.


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New Initiative Aims To Eliminate Corruption With Blockchain Technology

Bretton Woods II is profiled and Tomicah Tillemann is interviewed by Forbes.


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On Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island, 'Bitcoin Illuminati' Reassess Blockchain Strategies

Tomicah Tillemann was cited in a Forbes article about blockchain strategies.


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Questioning How Society Is Constructed Is the Best Way to Enact Change

Tomicah Tillemann was profiled by NationSwell.