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Elisa Mandell Keller



Elisa Keller, deputy director, Strategy, Planning and Management for the Agricultural Development team, is responsible for leading the strategic planning and business operations for the team which works to reduce hunger and poverty for farming families in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia by increasing agricultural productivity in a sustainable way.

Elisa joined the foundation in 2006 and served as the chief of staff to the president of the foundation’s Global Development Program and a grantmaker for the Financial Services for the Poor team. Prior to her work at the foundation Elisa has served in a variety of positions in business, government, and nonprofit. She worked as a consultant for PATH, a teacher in rural Namibia, an aide to Joel Klein working on education reform in New York City, director of development and performance evaluation for New Leaders for New Schools, and an analyst at McKinsey & Company working on healthcare, biotechnology, retail and education issues.

Elisa earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and serves on the board of Town Hall Seattle.

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