The GreenPoint team offers collectively nearly one hundred years of proven China experience and expertise, including a commitment to deeply understand and engage the policy, commercial, and social dynamics that affect client interests in China. GreenPoint serves clients through full-service offices in both Beijing and Washington, D.C., enabling us to engage clients' China- and U.S.-based leadership teams to support strategy formation and implementation. Our bilingual team calls upon extensive relationship networks in China and the United States across government, business, academia, media, and civil society.
- Daniel B. Wright
President and CEO
Daniel B. Wright
President and CEO
Daniel B. Wright is founder, President, and CEO of GreenPoint Group. Dr. Wright assists clients through his three decades of experience building bridges between people, resources, and public policy, eight of those years in China. Dr. Wright was formerly Senior Vice President and China practice head of the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm based in Washington, D.C. Previously Dr. Wright served at the U.S. Treasury Department as Managing Director for China and the Strategic and Economic Dialogue (SED), where he provided strategic counsel to the Secretary of Treasury Henry M. Paulson, Jr. and SED Special Envoy Alan F. Holmer for this Cabinet-level economic exchange with China. Dr. Wright worked exclusively on China policy issues, developing and coordinating interagency strategies to achieve prioritized objectives with Cabinet-level Chinese agencies. He co-led in the development of the U.S.-China Ten Year Energy and Environmental Cooperation Framework, designing outreach initiatives with key stakeholders in China’s government and private sector and their U.S. counterparts. Dr. Wright worked closely with the office of then-Chinese Vice Premier Wu Yi and her successor, Vice Premier Wang Qishan (counterparts to Treasury Secretary Paulson), since effective engagement and support from the Vice Premier’s office was a critical factor in reaching the breakthrough agreements associated with the Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
Prior to his appointment in March 2007, Dr. Wright was Vice President and Washington D.C. Office Director of the National Bureau of Asian Research, beginning in 2004. At NBR, he led the organization’s external relations with U.S. Congress, media, and think-tanks, and advised members of Congress and staff on Asia-related matters. At NBR, Dr. Wright also designed and implemented policy-relevant programs in China and the U.S., including the national “Next Generation Leadership in Asian Affairs” fellowship program.
From 2000 to 2004, Dr. Wright served as the Executive Director of the Hopkins-Nanjing Program of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the premier educational joint-venture program between the United States and China.
From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Wright held a fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs, during which he lived in southwest China’s Guizhou Province and wrote monthly reports from the perspective of grassroots societies in the country’s hinterland, with particular focus on governance and socioeconomic development issues. He has also worked as Manager of Asian Affairs for the Washington, D.C. consulting firm Andreae, Vick & Associates. He began his professional career as a translator at the Foreign Language Bureau in Beijing.
Dr. Wright has been a visiting scholar at Qinghua University’s School of Public Policy and Management. He studied Chinese and Chinese Literature at Beijing University, the Beijing Foreign Language Institute, and the Beijing Languages Institute. He speaks frequently on China and has published two books: The Promise of the Revolution: Stories of Fulfillment and Struggle in China’s Hinterland (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2003) and Wo Kan Zhongguo (China Through My Eyes), (published in Chinese by Guangxi Education Publishing House, 2000).
Dr. Wright is a nonresident senior fellow with the John L. Thornton China Center at the Brookings Institution and a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, his M.Div. from Fuller Theological Seminary, and his B.A. from Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Wright is based in Washington, D.C. and travels to China on a monthly basis. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
He is married to Guowei. They have four children: Margaret, Jon, Peter, and James.
Washington, D.C. Office
Paul H. Boesen
Paul H. Boesen is a Senior Advisor to GreenPoint Group. Mr. Boesen's work for clients draws on work experience in investment banking and private equity for the Goldman Sachs Group in New York, Frankfurt, and Singapore; in 10 years in private higher education, with general management and China business development responsibilities for U.S. education companies; with the World Economic Forum in Geneva and as Representative in China in Beijing, China; and as an entrepreneur and owner of an English language school located in Bethesda, Maryland.
Mr. Boesen's responsibilities at GreenPoint Group include leadership of certain client teams and of GreenPoint's Washington, D.C. office. In addition, he directs firm-wide financial management, compliance, human resources, and strategic planning.
Prior to joining GreenPoint, Mr. Boesen served as the Executive Director of the U.S.-China Education Trust (USCET), a Washington D.C.-based non-profit organization that promotes U.S.-China relations through education and exchange for next-generation leaders. At USCET, Mr. Boesen oversaw program development and implementation for programs supported by the Ford Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Starr Foundation, and the U.S. Department of State, as well as general administration of the organization. He also oversaw USCET's formal institutional relationships with over 60 Chinese universities as well as its day-to-day relationships with the Ministry of Education and the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C. In addition, Mr. Boesen directed USCET's implementation of a scholarship program that was the first to be publicly recognized as part of the Obama Administration's 100,000 Strong Initiative to promote U.S. study abroad in China. Mr. Boesen currently serves on the Steering Committee of the 100,000 Strong Foundation's One Million Strong Initiative.
Mr. Boesen's background in Asian and Chinese studies commenced when he was awarded a Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship to support graduate-level studies in Asian Studies at the University of Michigan. He started Chinese language studies in the Princeton in Beijing program and continued his studies at Beijing Normal University. Later, he conducted research on China rule of law issues and continued language studies while a student at Harvard Law School.
Mr. Boesen is based in Washington D.C. He is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and also speaks some Bahasa Indonesia. Paul, his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children, Erik, Megan, and Hannah, reside in Falls Church, Virginia.
Alexander J. Brenner
Alexander J. Brenner is Senior Director at GreenPoint Group’s Washington, D.C. office. His work for clients is informed by his eight years on the ground in China and a broad record of research and writing about contemporary Chinese issues.
Based most recently in Beijing, where he wrote a column for Reuters, Mr. Brenner covered subjects ranging from consumption patterns of the emerging middle class to efforts to reform the education system to spur innovation. A fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs allowed him to report in long-form on aspects of China’s urban transformation like the rise of automobile culture and the experience of migrant workers.
Mr. Brenner is the recipient of a fellowship from the Blakemore Foundation for advanced Mandarin study. He began his language training during his stint as a Yale-China Association English language instructor at Guangzhou’s Zhongshan University. Mr. Brenner earned a B.A. in History from Yale, and an M.A. in China Studies from Johns Hopkins University-SAIS. He previously spent six years living and studying in Europe, and is proficient in French, Spanish and Mandarin.
Special Assistant to the CEO
Kenton Thibaut is Special Assistant to the CEO at GreenPoint Group’s Washington, D.C. office. In her capacity as Special Assistant, she contributes to client deliverables, research, and business development initiatives, and supports company operations.
Ms. Thibaut previously worked at the Brookings Institution John L. Thornton China Center, as a research assistant to Chinese elite politics expert Dr. Cheng Li. She is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University SAIS, where she earned an M.A. in International Economics and China Studies. She lived in Taiwan as a Fulbright Scholar and later as a Blakemore Fellow studying Chinese at National Taiwan University. She also lived in mainland China for two years, while conducting research for her undergraduate thesis at Sichuan University, then on a Boren Fellowship where she earned a Graduate Certificate in Chinese and American Studies from the Hopkins Nanjing Center in Nanjing, China.
Ms. Thibaut has conducted research in Chinese and English on the institutionalization of conflict resolution mechanisms at the township level of government in China, on the narratives that shape China’s foreign policy choices in the South China Sea, and on Chinese military reform. She has traveled extensively in China and is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
Travis N. Tanner
Travis N. Tanner is the Beijing-based Vice President of GreenPoint Group. Mr. Tanner assists clients based on two decades of experience conducting research and analysis, briefing policymakers, directing programs, and building bridges between Chinese and U.S. government, corporate, academic, and non-profit communities.
Previously Mr. Tanner served as President of the U.S.-China Strong Foundation, an offshoot of the Obama administration’s “100,000 Strong Initiative,” a public-private partnership designed to equip the future generation of leaders with the knowledge and skills to engage productively with China. Mr. Tanner established and directed the Foundation’s operations in China and drove engagement with key stakeholders and partners including Chinese and U.S. government officials, business leaders, academic institutions, media outlets, philanthropists, and students.
Mr. Tanner worked for over a dozen years in the think tank industry conducting several dozen research projects examining a wide range of policy issues facing the U.S.-China relationship, including China’s intellectual property, technology standards and innovation policy, China’s military development, and U.S.-China people-to-people exchange. He previously served as Senior Project Director at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) and Director of NBR’s Kenneth B. and Anne H.H. Pyle Center for Northeast Asian Studies. He was Deputy Director and Assistant Director of the Chinese Studies Program at the Center for the National Interest (formerly the Nixon Center) in Washington, D.C. He also worked as a Research Assistant at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
Mr. Tanner is the author, contributing author, or co-editor of numerous publications on the strategic, economic and political dimensions of the US-China relationship, including co-editor of five volumes of NBR’s Strategic Asia series and US-China Relations in Strategic Domains (Routledge, 2018). Mr. Tanner has also been featured in major media outlets in the U.S. and China.
Mr. Tanner is the recipient of the Doak A. Barnett and Hassenfeld Fellowships and received his M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University – SAIS and the Hopkins-Nanjing Center and his B.A. in Chinese language and literature from the University of Utah. Mr. Tanner is Senior Advisor to NBR, Vice-Chair of AmCham’s Education Committee, a Tsinghua University Schwarzman Scholars Mentor, and member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. He has also served as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America for over 20 years.
Mr. Tanner is fluent in Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese. He and his wife, Amy, and their four children, Isaac, Zachary, Josephine, and Vivian enjoy living in Beijing.
Jacob L. Wood
Jacob L. Wood is Senior Director at GreenPoint Group’s Beijing office. Mr. Wood brings 12 years of on the ground experience in China covering a broad range of issues including environmental and public health and China-U.S. relations.
Mr. Wood has a diverse portfolio of China-U.S. experience spanning multiple levels. At the management level, Mr. Wood served as Beijing-based Senior Program Manager for the Emory University and Georgia State University Joint China Tobacco Control Partnership, a multimillion Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored initiative aimed at changing social norms around tobacco use through policy adoption, media advocacy and education. In the research space, he contributed to several important publications, including New Foreign Policy Actors in China, named one of the top 10 publications on global political economy in 2010 by Foreign Policy magazine. At the grassroots level, Mr. Wood worked for several years in Southwest China’s Yunnan province on an ethnic minority bilingual education project in addition to working on HIV/AIDS prevention issues for China’s National Center for Disease Control.
Mr. Wood received a Master’s degree in Development Practice from Emory University and a Master’s Certificate from the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies, where he graduated as the class valedictorian. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese Studies from the University of Washington. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Jacob is married to Zhang Jing. They have two children, Joshua and Maria.
Leilani Lei Pan
Leilani Lei Pan is an Advisor to the GreenPoint Group. Ms. Pan helps clients understand and navigate the policy and commercial environment in China by leveraging her decade of experience in partner management, government relations, public policy, and corporate social responsibility.
Ms. Pan was formerly with General Motors (GM) China where she was most recently Senior Manager of Corporate Social Responsibility and Manager of Industry/Government Relations & Public Policy at the company’s Beijing operations. Before she joined GM in 2008, she served as Executive Vehicle Line Director Assistant and Quality Director Assistant at Shanghai General Motors for five years, a joint venture invested by GM and SAIC Motor Corporation based in Shanghai.
Ms. Pan earned her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Nottingham and her B.A. from Xiangtan University, where she double majored in English and Business Administration.
Ms. Pan is native Chinese and based in Beijing. She reads, writes, and speaks fluent English.
Ziyang Yin is Special Assistant at GreenPoint Group’s Beijing Office. In her role as Special Assistant, she contributes to research and client deliverables, and supports operations.
Ms. Yin previously worked at the U.S.-China Business Council (USCBC) Beijing office as a research assistant on the business advisory team, analyzing and addressing various economic and regulatory issues facing U.S. companies in China. She has conducted research in Chinese and English tracking the 13th Five-Year Plan, on liberalization of foreign investment in China, and on local labor issues.
Ms. Yin has spent eight years living and studying in the United States, initially as a junior in high school at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, Illinois. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and has completed a series of Business Foundation courses offered by The Wharton School.
Ms. Yin is native Chinese and based full-time in Beijing. She reads, writes, and speaks fluent English.