Elizabeth L. Littlefield
Elizabeth L. Littlefield is a Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group, where she draws on decades of experience in private sector investment in developing markets to help ASG clients navigate the global marketplace.
From 2010 until 2017, Ms. Littlefield served as Chair, President, and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. government’s Development Finance Institution. In this role, an Under Secretary-level position, she managed OPIC’s $24 billion portfolio of financing and insurance to support private investment in over 100 developing countries. Under Ms. Littlefield’s leadership, OPIC’s commitments to investments in renewable resources grew ten-fold in three years to $1.5 billion annually, its income generated for the U.S. federal budget grew, its portfolio nearly doubled, and it ranked at the top of the federal government’s employee viewpoint rankings. She instituted major reforms across all the agency’s operations to build a first-rate, global financial institution.
From 2000 until 2010, Ms. Littlefield was a Director at the World Bank and the CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, (CGAP), the global policy and advisory partnership mandated with building and professionalizing the microfinance/inclusive finance sector.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Littlefield spent 17 years at JP Morgan, in New York, Paris and London. She served as JP Morgan’s Managing Director in charge of capital markets and financing across Africa, the Middle East, Eastern and Central Europe, and the former Soviet Union. Prior to that, she was the head debt trader for these regions and served as a director of investment banking based in Paris.
From 1988 until 1990, Ms. Littlefield lived and worked independently in West and Central Africa, setting up local microfinance institutions.
She currently serves on the boards of the World Wildlife Fund and M-Kopa and has served on the boards of the MasterCard and Calvert Foundations. She was an Adjunct Professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
She is a graduate of Brown University and attended Sciences Po in Paris. She is based in Washington, DC.