Dennis Wilder is the managing director for the Initiative for U.S.-China Dialogue on Global Issues at Georgetown University, where he also serves as an assistant professor of practice in Asian studies in the School of Foreign Service. Wilder holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College and an M.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University.
- Served as National Security Council's (NSC) director for China (2004-2005) and then as the NSC special assistant to the president and senior director for East Asian affairs from 2005 to 2009, which included a series of presidential trips to Asia, notably the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- Served from 2009 to 2015 as senior editor of the President’s Daily Brief, the worldwide intelligence update produced under auspices of the director of national intelligence.
- Served from 2015 to 2016 as the CIA’s deputy assistant director for East Asia and the Pacific.
- Spent the 1975-1976 academic year at New Asia College, Chinese University of Hong Kong studying Mandarin Chinese under the auspices of Yale-in-China.