Tomicah Tillemann is a leader in the fields of civic innovation and social finance. He serves as Director of the Bretton Woods II program at New America. He and his team work with the world's largest asset owners to reduce risk and volatility through strategic investments in social impact and development. He is also Co-founder of the Blockchain Trust Accelerator, Chair of the Global Blockchain Business Council, and a member of the Advisory Board of the BitFury Group, a leading full-service Blockchain company.
Between 2010 and 2014, Dr. 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. Dr. 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 has delivered over 120 keynote speeches and appears frequently on broadcast media and at TED conferences.