Kim Osborne

Executive Secretary for Integral Development

Organization of American States (OAS)


Kim Osborne is the Executive Secretary for Integral Development at the Organization of American States, with responsibility for the Development Pillar; one of the four pillars of the organization. Appointed by the OAS Secretary General, she was confirmed by member states in January 2017. Since then she has been leading the Organization’s hemispheric development agenda with a specific focus on building resilience and competitiveness with programs in education, innovation, micro, small and medium sized enterprises, climate adaptation, among others. She simultaneously holds the position of Director General of the InterAmerican Agency for Cooperation and Development spearheading the OAS Cooperation and Partnerships for Development program, the Development Cooperation Fund, the OAS Scholarship and Training Program and the Scholarships Capital Fund. Ms. Osborne is also responsible for
coordinating Policy Dialogue on development, overseeing over 12 Meeting of Ministers and Highlevel authorities in the Hemisphere. For over two decades, Mrs. Osborne has dedicated herself to the socioeconomic development of the Latin American and Caribbean region, pioneering programs in tourism and small business development. She believes strongly in promoting an alliance model for development that maximizes multistakeholder partnerships and cooperation in all its modalities. Mrs. Osborne is a daughter of Dominica.

Nicole Griensewic

Executive Director

Region Nine Development Commission in Minnesota


Griensewic has served as Executive Director of Region Nine Development Commission since 2012. As executive director, Griensewic has made it a priority to foster collaboration and engagement by sharing Region Nine’s story both regionally and globally. Griensewic is an active board and committee member for multiple organizations throughout Minnesota. Griensewic is the immediate past President of the Greater Minnesota Partnership, and is the first female to chair the Executive Committee for the University of Minnesota’s Center for Transportation Studies, where she served as chair of the Governance Committee. Griensewic also served as secretary of Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota’s Governing Board of Directors and chaired the Governance Committee and currently serves as an advisory board member for South Central College’s Center for Agriculture. She serves on the executive committee for the MACS Board, Minnesotans for the American Community Survey Board of Directors and represents the Midwest on the National Assoc. of Development Orgs.’s (NADO) Board of Directors.

Griensewic is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and has completed course work through Harvard’s Kennedy School’s Executive Education. She received the 2017 Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Her professional background includes extensive private sector and non-profit leadership experience.