Executive Director, Girls Opportunity Alliance, Obama Foundation
Tiffany Drake is the Executive Director of the Global Girls Alliance, former First Lady Michelle Obama’s program to support global adolescent girls’ education around the world. The program’s mission is to engage stakeholders globally to take action to support the more than 98 million adolescent girls who are not in school and the grassroots leaders working to educate them. Previously, Tiffany served as a Senior Advisor to the First Lady in the White House, leading public awareness and engagement for the duration of the Let Girls Learn initiative. Among its accomplishments, Let Girls Learn drove more than a billion dollars in new and ongoing girls’ education programming in more than 50 countries, and garnered hundreds of millions of dollars in commitments to girls’ education from governments, the private sector, and individuals around the world. Tiffany also spearheaded activations including the film We Will Rise, featuring Meryl Streep, which premiered in 180 countries around the world and was the most successful film on the network to-date. Prior to this role, Tiffany led public affairs initiatives for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), where she led campaigns for maternal and child health, the launch of the Global Development Lab with Secretary Hillary Clinton, and served as the public affairs lead for the Ebola crisis. Tiffany’s more than 18 years of experience in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors have included leading brand, public engagement, and communications initiatives at Starcom MediaVest (Publicis Groupe), The Boeing Company, Nielsen, and the SmithBucklin Corporation. She began her career in entertainment publicity in Los Angeles. Tiffany was educated at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (MBA), and at Michigan State University and the University of California at Los Angeles (BA). She currently resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband and their two toddlers, Kaia and Paxton.