Lael Brainard

Vice President and Director, Global Economy and Development Program,
Brookings Institution

Lael Brainard is Vice President and Founding Director of the Brookings Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings and holds the Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in International Economics. Dr. Brainard served as Deputy National Economic Adviser and Chair of the Deputy Secretaries Committee on International Economics during the Clinton Administration. As Deputy Director of the National Economic Council, she helped build a new White House organization to address global economic challenges such as the Asian financial crisis and China’s WTO entry. As the US Sherpa to the G8, she helped shape the 2000 G8 Development Summit that for the first time included leaders of the poorest nations and laid the foundations for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Previously, Dr. Brainard served as Associate Professor of Applied Economics at MIT Sloan School, where her publications made important contributions on the relationship between offshore production, trade, and jobs; the measurement of structural and cyclical unemployment in the US economy; and strategic trade policy. She has also worked at McKinsey & Co. advising corporate clients on strategic challenges and on microfinance in West Africa. Dr. Brainard received a master’s and doctoral degree in Economics from Harvard University, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow. She graduated with highest honors from Wesleyan University. She is the recipient of a White House Fellowship and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, a Marshall Scholar elect, and a member of the Wesleyan University Board, Council on Foreign Relations, and Aspen Strategy Group.