Lael Brainard

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Lael Brainard
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Occupation United States Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs
Employer U.S. Treasury Department

Lael Brainard is the United States Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs in the administration of President Barack Obama.[1]

Brainard is the author of articles on the effects of offshore production on domestic manufacturing employment, multinational production and its relationship to trade, strategic trade policy, the debate over structural vs. cyclical unemployment, declining industries, and small business lending in Africa.


Most recently, Brainard was vice president and founding director of the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, where she held the Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in International Economics and directed the Brookings Initiative on Competitiveness.

Previously, Brainard was an associate professor of Applied Economics at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management. Brainard also worked at McKinsey & Co. and separately on microfinance in West Africa.[2]


Brainard received master's and doctoral degrees in Economics from Harvard University, where she was a National Science Foundation Fellow. She graduated with highest honors from Wesleyan University. She is also the recipient of a White House Fellowship and a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship.


  1. Lael Brainard. Brookings.
  2. Under Secretary for International Affairs. U.S. Treasury.