Nancy Lindborg is President of the U.S. Institute of Peace, created by Congress in 1984 as an independent, nonpartisan, federally funded institute to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict around the world. Since 2015, she has led its global team focused on research, policy, training and direct action with partners in conflict zones.
Prior to joining USIP, she served as the assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at USAID. From 2010 through 2014, Nancy Lindborg directed the efforts of more than 600 team members in nine offices focused on crisis prevention, response, recovery and transition. Ms. Lindborg led DCHA teams in response to the ongoing Syria Crisis, the Sahel 2012 and Horn of Africa 2011 droughts, the Arab Spring, the Ebola response and numerous other global crises.
Ms. Lindborg has spent most of her career working on issues of transition, democracy and civil society, conflict and humanitarian response. Prior to joining USAID, she was president of Mercy Corps, where she spent 14 years helping to grow the organization into a globally respected organization known for innovative programs in the most challenging environments.
Ms. Lindborg has held a number of leadership and board positions including serving as co-president of the Board of Directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; one of the founders and board members of the National Committee on North Korea; and chair of the Sphere Management Committee. She is a member of Council on Foreign Relations.
She holds a B.A and an M.A. in English Literature from Stanford University and an M.A. in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.