Charity Wallace, founder and president of Wallace Global Impact, is a strategic, mission-driven, and pioneering executive leader with expertise in social impact, foreign policy, global development and women’s empowerment. She combines her expertise and experience to drive innovative, effective solutions working with corporations, individuals, non-profits, and foundations. She advises clients on developing effective strategies and connects them with key partners from the public and private sectors to increase impact. She builds cross-sector partnerships that address complex global issues, including gender equality, diversity, equity and inclusion, geopolitical trends, human trafficking, global health, national security, global aid and development.
Ms. Wallace most recently served as the Senior Vice President for the Office of Strategic Initiatives and Managing Director of Global Women’s Issues at U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). In the role, she oversaw the team that is advancing foreign policy priorities and is working to cultivate private sector investment in projects across strategic regions and sectors including healthcare, technology, and energy. Charity also used her decade-plus of experience and her personal passion of empowering women globally. At DFC, she was also responsible for DFC’s 2X Women’s Initiative which is committed to empowering women by investing in projects that are women-owned, women-led, or provide a product or service that benefits women. 2X also seeks to apply a gender lens to all the projects DFC considers to help ensure women will benefit. During her tenure at DFC, the 2X Women’s Initiative catalyzed more than $4.1 billion to support women’s economic empowerment worldwide, which was more than the previous three years combined.
Previously, Ms. Wallace served as a Senior Advisor to the George W. Bush Institute and was the founding Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. In this role, Wallace developed and led the initiatives that aim to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.
From 2009-2010, Wallace served as Chief of Staff to Laura Bush. She oversaw her domestic and international-related policies and initiatives. Wallace served in the Bush Administration from January 2001 to 2009, most notably as the Deputy Chief of Protocol of the U.S. and Director of Advance for the First Lady. Her roles have enabled Wallace to travel to almost 75 countries, obtaining first-hand experience and knowledge.
Ms. Wallace holds a Master’s in International Relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tuft’s University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the Board of USA for UNHCR, and the Advisory Boards of the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, Strong Women, Strong World, All in Together, and 4Word.