Brandee McHale

Brandee McHale

Brandee McHale is Head of Community Investing and Development at Citi and President of the Citi Foundation. In this capacity she leads efforts to drive economic opportunity around the globe, including through oversight of Citi’s Community Development, Impact investing and Inclusive Finance functions and the Citi Foundation’s philanthropic programs.

With more than three decades of experience in the financial services industry and public and private philanthropy, Brandee has dedicated her career to developing a forward-thinking portfolio of initiatives that connect low-income communities to jobs, housing and a more economically secure and equitable future. Prior to her current role, she led Citi’s corporate citizenship efforts, including philanthropy, volunteerism and environmental sustainability. 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 served as a program officer at the Ford Foundation.

Brandee serves as Board Chair for Living Cities and on the board of directors for Prosperity Now. She formerly served as Chair of the Global Steering Committee for the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and has served on the board of directors of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), America’s Promise Alliance and Philanthropy NY.


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Rising to the Challenge of Closing Racial Gaps

Can philanthropy drive systems change? By changing the way we approach the work in our individual institutions and how we collaborate, Living Cities seeks to prove that we can actually make meaningful progress toward the issue of our generation: closing racial income and wealth gaps. As a leader working at the intersection of philanthropy and the private sector for more …

Funding the Inclusive Cities of Tomorrow, Today

It is time to retire the false choice. Too often, we hear that you have to choose between fixing aging infrastructure, building resilience, or mending inequity. Our experience with the latest City Accelerator tells us that, in reality, sometimes you can have it all. By acting on these subjects together, local leaders can take non-traditional approaches that draw the connection …

Leveraging the Buying Power of Cities

Eight cities created pitches for a new City Accelerator on procurement and economic opportunity. View them before final cities are selected! Accelerating economic development remains one of the top priorities for mayors around the country, with an increasing focus on intentionally targeting socioeconomic issues, such as income inequality. Seventy-five percent of mayors highlighted economic development in their 2016 State of …

Leveraging the Buying Power of Cities

Eight cities created pitches for a new City Accelerator on procurement and economic opportunity. View them before final cities are selected!

Philanthropy’s Moment: Enabling and Protecting the Financial Futures of American Families

Three principles can help philanthropy create financial stability for the futures of American families. This blog post is part of the series “Closing the Racial Gaps: Together We Can” which highlights efforts across the United States that show promise for closing racial opportunity gaps and creating a more equitable future. What are we missing? Over the past 25 years, we have seen …

Cities Build Up Innovation to Tackle Breakdown in Urban Infrastructure

In the City Accelerator’s new Cohort III, cities will disrupt old ways of planning, prioritizing and budgeting for infrastructure projects. This post originally appeared on on February 17, 2016. The unfolding water contamination issue in Flint, Mich., which led to the declaration of a federal emergency, is the latest example of the challenges we are seeing across many of our nation’s cities …

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