Richard Boly is a career U.S. diplomat, currently the director of the Office of eDiplomacy, an applied technology think tank for the U.S. Department of State. Previously, he was a National Security Affairs Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he launched the Global Entrepreneurship Program. He recently served in the U.S. Embassy, Rome, where he developed and ran a program to promote entrepreneurship in Italy.
Continuing with his close ties to Italy, Richard serves on the board of the Mind the Bridge Foundation, which connects the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems in Italy and Silicon Valley. Other embassy assignments include the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, and Paraguay. Richard is the most junior diplomat to win the Cobb Award for commercial diplomacy.
In a prior life, Richard was the first Presidential Management Fellow with the Inter-American Foundation, a consultant with the Inter-American Development Bank, and founded and ran a shrimp hatchery in coastal Ecuador. In a stint with the Silicon Valley iconic PR firm, Regis McKenna, he helped launch the first Apple Macintosh.
Richard is a graduate of Stanford University and received his MPIA in 1992.