Kate McKee joined CGAP in 2006, leading CGAP’s research, writing, and policy advisory work on consumer protection, including analysis of policy/regulatory/supervision options for market conduct regulation in low-access markets. She also leads CGAP work on responsible finance. This includes work with the Smart Campaign to develop consensus industry standards for improved client protection, as well as an initiative to ensure that responsible finance considerations are integrated in investor processes. Other CGAP work has focused on savings and the role of government in financial inclusion.
From 1998 to 2006 McKee directed the Microenterprise Development office at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), leading support to USAID overseas programs that invest over $200 million annually in 70+ countries. From 1986 to 1998 Kate was a senior manager with Self-Help in North Carolina, the largest Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the United States. She led the start-up of a government fund to invest in CDFIs and provide incentives for mainstream financial institutions to boost community development lending. She also worked for the Ford Foundation in New York and West Africa. She is a development economist, with a master's degree from Princeton University.