Ms. Strauss is Special Advisor for Socially Responsible Investment Finance at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a U. S. government corporation charged with mobilizing and facilitating US private investment and skills transfer in developing countries throughout the world. She is responsible for and impact investing including policy and origination of innovative financing products and structures designed specifically to leverage socially responsible investment to achieve sustainable projects in emerging markets. She collaborates with other U.S. private sector, government and international government entities to assist in coordinating private and public funding to efficiently support projects with socially responsible or impact investment elements for the corporation including micro finance and SME businesses. Formerly the Director of Credit Policy for the corporation, and as a former private sector banker, she held various positions in finance and banking. Ms. Strauss has an MBA from the University of Connecticut and a BA from Lake Forest College.