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Sara Aviel is a senior advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Previously she served as the executive associate director and chief of staff at the Office of Management and Budget at the White House. She led on international economic issues and served as the agency's chief operating officer. Prior, Sara was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to represent the United States as the largest shareholder on the executive boards of the World Bank Group institutions. Sara was also a director of international economic affairs for both the National Security Council and the National Economic Council at the White House. She previously served as a senior advisor to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. Prior to joining the administration, Sara was on the leadership team for Root Capital, a social investment fund that provides financing to small and medium enterprises in developing countries. Previously, she worked for CARE and Mercy Corps in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and throughout Africa and the Middle East. Sara also served as a lecturer on international development and humanitarian relief at Yale University. She received an MBA, as well as MA and BA degrees in political science, from Yale University. Sara is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Bretton Woods Committee and serves on the Board of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the African Wildlife Foundation. Sara is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.