Nancy Birdsall is president of the Center for Global Development. She was formerly with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and director of the Economic Reform Project there. She was the executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank (1993-98) and before that director of the policy research department at the World Bank. She is the author of numerous publications on labor markets, human resources, economic inequality, the relationship between income distribution and growth, and other development issues. She serves on various boards, including the Population Council, and is special adviser to the administrator of the United Nations Development Program.