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Heidi McAnnally-Linz

Global Lead for Policy and Partnerships

Policy and Partnerships

Heidi is currently the Global Lead of Policy and Partnerships for BRAC Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative, where she drives global policy impact to help end extreme poverty by scaling the Graduation approach through governments.

She is a global leader and strategist with experience in achieving impact at scale for those most marginalized.

She was formerly the Deputy Director of Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, and prior to that spent a decade at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), where she was most recently Director of Policy & External Relations. In that role, she helped develop overall organizational strategy and built and led a team of evidence-to-impact specialists across 12 countries.

Heidi has led several small nonprofits and was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow, working with indigenous groups throughout Latin America. She has also led coalitions scaling up programs informed by research across West, South, and East Africa and South Asia. She serves on several boards and holds an MPA in International Policy and Management from NYU and a BA in Political Science from Haverford College.

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