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Dina Powell (Habib)

Birthplace: Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Immediate Family:

Wife of David McCormick
Ex-wife of Private and Private
Mother of Private

Managed by: Alex Bickle
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About Dina Powell

Dina Habib Powell (born 1973) is an American business executive, philanthropist and former U.S. policymaker. She is currently the head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing business, global head of corporate engagement and president of Goldman Sachs Foundation. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Powell served as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, Deputy Undersecretary of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy for the United States government, and as the Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, a senior staff member at the White House. On January 12 2017, it was announced that she will be Assistant to the President and Senior Counselor for Economic Initiatives for President-elect Donald Trump.


Goldman Sachs

Powell joined Goldman Sachs in 2007 as a managing director and was named partner in 2010. Powell oversees the firm’s impact investing business and serves as the president of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, in addition to her responsibilities as global head of the Office of Corporate Engagement and a member of the Goldman Sachs Partnership Committee.

As leader of Goldman Sachs Impact Investing, Powell is responsible for a business with more than $4 billion in housing and community development investments across the U.S.

In her role as president of Goldman Sachs Foundation, Powell leads one of the world’s largest corporate foundations with over $500 million in assets. Powell helped build and is responsible for all the Foundation’s initiatives supporting and developing entrepreneurs around the world including, 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses. 10,000 Women has provided women entrepreneurs in developing countries with business education, access to capital and mentors. Under Powell, Goldman Sachs has partnered with International Finance Corporation and Overseas Private Investment Corporation to raise 600 million dollars, to provide access to capital for more than 100,000 women worldwide. Goldman’s 10,000 Small Businesses, which is co-chaired by Lloyd Blankfein, Warren Buffett, Michael Bloomberg and Michael Porter of Harvard Business School supports the growth and expansion of small business in the U.S. and UK.

Powell also leads Goldman Sachs Gives, a donor-advised fund through which the firm’s current and retired partners can recommend grants in support of communities around the world. Goldman Sachs Gives was established in 2007 and structured as a vehicle to consolidate Goldman Sachs partners’ charitable giving.

U.S. Government

Powell spent 15 years working in government on Capitol Hill, in the White House and in the State Department. Under President George W. Bush, Powell served as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs from July 11, 2005 through June 6, 2007. Powell was also designated by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the office of Deputy Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs. In addition, Powell led the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Prior to the State Department, Powell served as the Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, a senior staff member at the White House. In this role, she was responsible for assisting the President on the appointments of the cabinet, subcabinet and ambassadorial positions across the U.S. Government.

Earlier on in her career, Powell worked on Capitol Hill in the House Leadership.

Starting January 20, 2017, Powell will serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Entrepreneurship, Economic Growth and the Empowerment of Women.

Charitable and Public Activities

Powell is on the board of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the American University in Cairo and the Center for Global Development. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the Trilateral Commission. She was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.

In 2007, Powell was presented with the American by Choice award during a special naturalization ceremony performed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

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Dina Powell's Timeline

June 12, 1973
Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt