Erin McCarthy is a senior program officer in the Office of the President of the Global Development Program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this role, she leads the president's external engagement planning and related communications. In November 2017, she was tapped to serve as the Chief of Staff to the newly appointed Country Director, Nigeria. She advises the director on a range of issues in support of the Nigeria country engagement strategy, splitting her time between Seattle and Abuja. From 2010-2012, she served on the foundation’s Philanthropic Partnerships team, which engages governments, foundations, and philanthropists to improve the overall effectiveness of philanthropy. During this time, she was seconded to the Government Affairs team, lending her expertise to support the Co-chairs' and CEO's engagements in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the foundation, Erin was a defense consultant, providing strategic and analytical guidance to senior military and civilian intelligence leadership and supporting a range of initiatives across the global intelligence community. She began her career in Washington, DC as an appointee in the administration of President George W. Bush, serving at the Pentagon and in the Office of Political Affairs at the White House. Erin holds a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance at the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rosemont College. She currently serves on the Governance Board of the Washington Global Health Alliance and the Board of Directors of Inspiring Excellence, a non-profit that supports STEM education through sponsorship of national science fair competitions. In her spare time, she enjoys scuba diving, hiking, and yoga. Erin is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs and currently resides in Seattle with her husband and daughter.