Tony Pipa

Tony Pipa is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, where he studies place-based policies to improve social progress in the United States and globally, including through use of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level. He is also considering the future of US multilateral aid and the applicability of lessons from international development to improving rural development in the US. He has over 25 years of executive experience in the philanthropic and public sectors addressing poverty and advancing inclusive economic development. During the Obama administration, he served as chief strategy officer at the US Agency for International Development and held multiple senior policy positions at the Agency. He served as US special coordinator for the Post-2015 Agenda at the Department of State, leading the US delegation at the UN to negotiate and adopt the SDGs. Prior to his government service, he directed the NGO Leaders Forum at Harvard University and was the founding CEO of the Warner Foundation, a family foundation in North Carolina focused on improving economic opportunity and race relations. He helped launch Foundation for Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and has played a principal role in the start-up of several philanthropic ventures focused on addressing poverty and improving distressed communities. He serves on the board of directors of StriveTogether and the Advisory Council of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.