Paula Garcia Tufro

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Americas Program

Paula Garcia Tufro is an experienced international affairs professional with deep expertise in international development, trade, and investment. From 2009 to 2017, she served in the Obama administration as director for development and democracy at the National Security Council (NSC) and in leadership roles at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the Department of Commerce. While at the NSC, she advised senior White House officials on U.S. foreign policy and global development policy and programs. She led coordination of policy positions and multilateral negotiations for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, which set forth a new 15-year global development agenda. In addition, she was a member of the G20 negotiating team and was responsible for coordinating U.S. engagement in the G20 Development Working Group, including on the 2030 Agenda, infrastructure, domestic resource mobilization, food security and nutrition, human resource development, inclusive business, and financial inclusion. In addition, she coordinated strategy and implementation of the Power Africa initiative, helped forge strategic partnerships with more than 140 public- and private-sector partners, and mobilized more than $54 billion in external commitments to support the goal of doubling access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030. Ms. Tufro also served as adviser and deputy chief of staff at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s development finance institution. In that role, she advised OPIC’s president and CEO on agency management, strategy, and policy matters to enhance operational efficiency and effectiveness. Prior to joining the Obama administration, she worked at Freedom House, the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and Arnold & Porter LLC. Ms. Tufro holds a M.S. in foreign service from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, with a concentration in international development, and a B.A. in international affairs from James Madison University. She speaks Spanish and French.

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