Heidi Crebo-Rediker joined the State Department as its first Chief Economist in March 2012. Previously, she served as Chief, International Finance and Economics for Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Separately, she advised Committee Chairman Senator John Kerry on domestic and international economic issues.
From 2007-2009, Ms. Crebo-Rediker was the founding Co-Director of the Global Strategic Finance Initiative at the New America Foundation in Washington, DC. In 2007, Ms. Crebo-Rediker returned to the U.S. from Europe where she spent nearly two decades as a senior investment banker at several leading investment banks. Over her career, she managed businesses ranging from European Debt Capital Markets, Emerging Markets Debt Capital Markets, to Sovereign, Supranational and Public Sector Banking.
Her investment banking roles in Emerging Markets primarily focused on Russia, the Former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe. From the earliest days of post-communist transition, Ms. Crebo-Rediker led a wide range of activities to promote markets, privatization and entrepreneurship, and went on to structure and lead many pioneering transactions in these markets while based in London, Moscow and Sakhalin Island.
Ms. Crebo-Rediker was named one of the "Top 25 Women in Business" by The Wall Street Journal Europe and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the London School of Economics. Her views on financial and economic matters have been carried in many forums, including CNN, BBC, Wall Street Journal, The National Interest, The New Republic, Forbes, Financial News, and elsewhere.