Brandee McHale is Head of Community Investing and Development at Citi and President of the Citi Foundation. She leads Citi’s efforts to drive economic opportunity and invest in the equitable and inclusive growth of communities through impact investing, social finance, and community relations. She also leads the philanthropic work of the Citi Foundation. Brandee has led the creation and implementation of Action for Racial Equity, Citi and the Citi Foundation’s multi-year commitment to help close the racial wealth gap and increase economic mobility in the United States.
With more than three decades of experience in financial services and philanthropy, Brandee has dedicated her career to developing forward-thinking initiatives that connect low-income communities and communities of color to jobs, housing and a more economically secure future. Prior to her current position, she led Citi’s corporate citizenship efforts, including corporate philanthropy, volunteerism and environmental sustainability. She also led the philanthropy of the Citi Foundation. She previously served as Director of Operations for Citi Community Capital as well as in a variety of business management and philanthropy-related leadership roles within community relations. She also helped establish a business case for financial inclusion and asset building as a program officer at the Ford Foundation.
Brandee serves on the Board of Directors of Living Cities, a collaborative of the 22 largest philanthropic foundations in the U.S. that is dedicated to closing racial wealth gaps, and serves on the board of the Council on Foundations. She formerly served as Chair of the Global Steering Committee for the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), as Board Chair for Prosperity Now, an organization focused on economic opportunity and mobility in the U.S., and on the board of directors of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), America’s Promise Alliance and Philanthropy NY.