Dr Isobel Coleman

Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming, USAID


Ambassador Isobel Coleman is a foreign policy and global development expert with more than 25 years of experience. Recently, she served on the Biden Transition Team, leading the review of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. From 2014–2017, she was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations for Management, Reform and Special Political Affairs, representing the United States in the UN General Assembly on budgetary matters and in the UN Security Council on Africa and peacekeeping. From 2018–2020, she was the Chief Operating Officer of GiveDirectly, a non-profit providing cash transfers to the extreme poor.

Dr. Coleman served as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She graduated from Princeton University and earned MPhil and DPhil degrees in International Relations from Oxford University. She started her career at McKinsey & Co. in New York, becoming a partner in the firm’s financial institutions group.