Nicole Goldin is a development executive, the first director of the Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF). She is a development economist, specializing in policy, strategy, public engagement, and partnership. On global youth affairs, she is a policy entrepreneur having led the creation of Youth in Development Policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development as senior adviser for policy until December 2012. Previously, as senior adviser to the undersecretary for citizen security, democracy, and human rights for policy on global youth, Africa, and international organizations, Dr. Goldin helped launch a task force at the Department of State that drafted its youth policy framework. She has received multiple awards for her leadership in this area. She is a frequent public speaker and convenor on broad development policy and youth issues and is a member of the adjunct faculty of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She sits on the Boards of Directors of the Society for International Development–Washington Chapter and of She’s the First, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes and supports millennial leadership and girls education, and she is a member of the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Prior to her service in the Obama administration, Dr. Goldin worked with Peace Dividend Trust as managing economist, leading research projects related to economic recovery and stabilization. She has worked in and with public, corporate, finance, and nonprofit organizations on economic growth, education, democracy and governance, youth, urbanization, gender, stabilization, and social innovation policy and programs. Other experience includes 10 years working and consulting in the development and finance sectors with organizations such as the Clinton Global Initiative, Gerson Lehrman Group, Chemonics International, and IFES. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, an M.Sc. in development from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in international political economy from American University, and a B.A. in East Asian studies from Union College. Dr. Goldin has lived, worked, and traveled in over 50 countries across all 7 continents. She is on Twitter @nicolegoldin.