Holly Gregory is from rural Breckenridge, Michigan, where she lived with her mother and older brother. She became interested in public policy and international affairs when she attended the National Student Leadership Conference on Intelligence and National Security in Washington, DC as a high school student.
She pursued this interest in college by studying Psychology and Middle East and Islamic Studies at Central Michigan University, where she took two Arabic courses and studied abroad in Morocco and Ireland. In Morocco, she improved her colloquial Arabic skills and studied Islamic politics, while in Ireland she studied the Irish criminal justice system. As a member of the University Honors Program at CMU, Holly had the opportunity to conduct and present research in her field and learned about many of the societal challenges she hopes to address in her future career in the federal government. She also interned for United States Senator Gary Peters while she was at CMU.