President Emeritus and Senior Advisor
Larry Cooley founded MSI, now a part of Tetra Tech, in 1981 and served as its President until March 2015, when he transitioned to Senior Advisor and President Emeritus.
He is a specialist in strategic management, public sector performance and organizational development. He has served as an advisor to cabinet officials in federal agencies and in more than a dozen countries. For 15 years, he was the Chairperson of the American Society of Public Administration’s Development Management Network and received its National Award for Training Excellence. For 11 years, he directed the Implementing Policy Change program that assisted governments worldwide. He also oversaw a 7-year effort to rebuild Iraqi public administration, and directs MSI’s work in scaling innovation. Before founding MSI, he worked at the World Bank, UNDP and as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Larry was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2008, and, in 2016 was elected to NAPA’s board of directors. In 2011, he was elected to serve as the North American representative on the Governing Council of the Society for International Development (SID). He serves on the Board of Directors of Elma Philanthropies, and as a Trustee of World Learning. He holds a master’s in Economics from Columbia University, an MPA in Public Policy from Princeton, and an M. Phil. in Management from the UK’s Cranfield School of Management.