Carola McGiffert

Vice President, Government & Stakeholder Engagement
Global Leadership

Carola served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations, with positions in the White House, State, Commerce and the Office of the US Trade Representative. From 2002-2009, she worked at CSIS, the DC-based think tank, where she served as chief of staff and senior fellow. In 2012, she successfully stood up an independent non-profit, the US-China Strong Foundation, focused on US-China educational exchange. She later spent two years as a lobbyist, helping BGR Group build its China practice. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Government from Wesleyan University, Carola pursued a Master of Arts in Chinese Studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She is a member of the National Committee on US-China Relations. A native Washingtonian, Carola resides in D.C. with her two teenage sons.