Nancy Birdsall is the Center for Global Development's founding president. Prior to launching the Center, she served for three years as Senior Associate and Director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where her work focused on globalization, inequality and the reform of the international financial institutions. From 1993 to 1998, she was executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank, the largest of the regional development banks, where she was oversaw a $30 billion public and private loan portfolio. In this position, as the Chief operating officer of the bank, she was responsible for operations, finance, legal and policy and all other management, and deputy to the President. Before that she worked 14 years in research, policy, and management positions at the World Bank, including as director of the Policy Research Department. Nancy received her Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University, her M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and her Bachelor from Newton College of the Sacred Heart.