Dr. Fred Boltz heads Resolute Development Solutions, an advisory firm specialized in the design, execution and adaptive management of conservation and sustainable development programs. His current work focuses on water, climate change and the resilience of human systems. Fred currently serves as Water Lead for the Global Center on Adaptation, a managing partner of the Global Commission on Adaptation, which was launched in 2018 by Ban Ki Moon, Bill Gates and Kristalina Georgieva to mobilize the whole of society for accelerated adaptation action. He is an Ambassador for The Resilience Shift, a global project advancing resilience as a standard of practice for the design of and investment in critical infrastructure. As Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Hydrosystems Group at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Fred co-leads applied research on water system design for resilience. He chairs the Steering Group of the City Water Resilience Approach, a global program of urban water system design led by Arup, in partnership with World Bank Water, SIWI, Resilient Cities, and OECD.
Fred has 30 years of international development experience, including 9 years of fieldwork in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He formerly served as Managing Director and member of the leadership team at The Rockefeller Foundation, where he led the environment program and key resilience initiatives. He earlier served in Conservation International’s leadership team as head of conservation strategy and practice, climate change lead and head of international policy. Fred holds a Ph.D. in natural resource economics from the University of Florida and a B.A. in China studies from Duke University. A native English speaker, he is fluent in French and Spanish, and conversant in Portuguese, Malagasy and Mandarin Chinese.