Lindsay Coates

Senior Advisor

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Lindsay Coates is a nonprofit executive with a legal background in civil rights that brings together her passion for human rights, the social sector, and global development.

Currently, Lindsay is a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC. Prior to that, she was managing director of the BRAC global Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative. At BRAC, Lindsay led the advocacy agenda to leave no one behind through the effective, innovative and multi-dimensional solutions. She was responsible for learning and technical assistance activities worldwide in 10+ countries in Africa and South Asia. Before joining BRAC, Lindsay served as the president of InterAction, a coalition of NGOs working to address poverty and injustice.

Lindsay has also served numerous boards and as part of leadership initiatives to address pressing global challenges. These include the steering committees of the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability and the World Bank Partnership for Economic Inclusion, the Leadership Circle of Foreign Policy for American, the executive committee for the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, and the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development, United States Global Leadership Coalition and Development Gateway. She also served on the Obama administration’s Task Force on Global Poverty.

Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Lindsay practiced civil rights law in various capacities including beginning her law practice in Mississippi. She is a graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee) and the University of Mississippi School of Law.