Kate McKee leads the Platform for Economic Inclusion, an initiative of the World Bank’s Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice. The platform works with governments on implementing and scaling up programs based on the Graduation Approach, a series of holistic interventions that are proven to lift the extreme poor out of poverty in a lasting way. Kate led research into Graduating the Poor at CGAP, and its work on responsible digital finance, focusing on customer safety and proportional regulation. She also led policy and advisory work on consumer protection.
Following assignments with the Ford Foundation in West Africa and New York (livelihoods, finance, gender, civil society, and agriculture), Kate worked for 12 years in delivery of innovative financial services in the United States, including leading the team that started up a new federal initiative to finance Community Development Financial Institutions. She then headed up the Microenterprise Development office at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), which provided technical guidance to 70+ country programs in microfinance and enterprise development. Kate is a development economist (MPIA Princeton University). Among other board and policy positions, she chaired the Consumer Advisory Council of the U.S. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve (Central Bank). She has published in the areas of policy and regulation, financial services innovation, housing and community development finance, enterprise development, and gender.