Nicole Goldin is the first director of the Youth, Prosperity, and Security Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), in partnership with the International Youth Foundation (IYF). Until December 2012, Dr. Goldin served as senior adviser for policy at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she led the creation of USAID’s first youth in development policy. Dr. Goldin joined USAID in September 2009 from the Department of State, where she was senior adviser to the undersecretary for citizen security, democracy and human rights for policy on global youth, Africa, and international organizations. She is a board director of She’s the First, and a member of the adjunct faculty of George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She has previously worked with Peace Dividend Trust, the Clinton Global Initiative, and Chemonics International among other other organizations. Dr. Goldin holds a Ph.D. in economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, an M.Sc. in development from the London School of Economics, an M.A. in international political economy from American University, and a B.A. in East Asian studies from Union College.