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Sara Aviel

Sara Aviel

Nonresident Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development

Sara Aviel is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. She also serves on the board of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the advisory council of the African Wildlife Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and is a fellow in the Aspen Institute's inaugural Finance Leaders Fellowship. At Brookings, her work focuses on issues related to U.S. international economic policy, foreign assistance, and development finance.

Aviel previously served as the executive associate director and chief of staff at the Office of Management and Budget at the White House.  She led a number of cross-cutting policy areas, with a particular focus on international economic and development issues, and served as the agency's chief operations officer.

She was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to represent the United States as the largest shareholder on the executive boards of the World Bank Group institutions. As part of the board, Sara provided fiduciary and strategic oversight on all investments and major programmatic and organizational policies. Aviel served on the audit, development effectiveness, governance, and human resources committees and led efforts to promote greater accountability, inclusion, and sustainability.

Prior to joining the Administration, Aviel was on the leadership team for Root Capital, a social investment fund that provides financing to small and medium enterprises in developing countries.  Previously, she worked for two international development organizations, CARE and Mercy Corps, in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and throughout Africa and the Middle East. She also served as a Lecturer on international development and humanitarian relief at Yale University. Aviel received an M.B.A, as well as M.A. and B.A. degrees in Political Science, from Yale University.

Sara Aviel is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. She also serves on the board of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the advisory council of the African Wildlife Foundation. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bretton Woods Committee, and the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and is a fellow in the Aspen Institute’s inaugural Finance Leaders Fellowship. At Brookings, her work focuses on issues related to U.S. international economic policy, foreign assistance, and development finance.

Aviel previously served as the executive associate director and chief of staff at the Office of Management and Budget at the White House.  She led a number of cross-cutting policy areas, with a particular focus on international economic and development issues, and served as the agency’s chief operations officer.

She was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to represent the United States as the largest shareholder on the executive boards of the World Bank Group institutions. As part of the board, Sara provided fiduciary and strategic oversight on all investments and major programmatic and organizational policies. Aviel served on the audit, development effectiveness, governance, and human resources committees and led efforts to promote greater accountability, inclusion, and sustainability.

Prior to joining the Administration, Aviel was on the leadership team for Root Capital, a social investment fund that provides financing to small and medium enterprises in developing countries.  Previously, she worked for two international development organizations, CARE and Mercy Corps, in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and throughout Africa and the Middle East. She also served as a Lecturer on international development and humanitarian relief at Yale University. Aviel received an M.B.A, as well as M.A. and B.A. degrees in Political Science, from Yale University.

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