2021 Blended Finance & Impact Week


Nancy Lee

Centre for Global Development (CGDev)

Senior Policy Fellow


Nancy Lee is a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development and a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Her work at CGD focuses on the role of development institutions (DFIs) in mobilizing private finance and increasing development impact. She has recently also written on the gender policies of DFIs and on strengthening the architecture for sovereign debt relief for poor countries. Previously, she was the deputy chief executive officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an innovative, independent US aid agency that fights poverty through country compacts that support inclusive growth. Prior to joining MCC, Dr. Lee was the general manager (CEO) of the Multilateral Investment Fund (now the IDB Lab) at the Inter-American Development Bank, a key impact investor in the region. Dr. Lee served at the US Treasury Department, where she was deputy assistant secretary for the Western Hemisphere and for Europe and Eurasia. She led Treasury’s work to put financial inclusion, SME finance, and women’s access to finance on the G20 agenda. Dr. Lee is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a PhD and an MA in economics from Tufts University and a BA in economics from Wellesley College.

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