Lindsay Coates

Executive Vice President, InterAction

Lindsay Coates is the Acting CEO & President of InterAction, a community of nearly 200 NGOs which is a united voice for global change. Lindsay currently serves on the steering committee of the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability and the Boards of Episcopal Relief and Development and the Global Health Council. She served on the Obama administration’s Task Force on Global Poverty. Before joining InterAction, she was the COO of Population Action International, which advocates for access to family planning services. Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, Lindsay practiced civil rights law in various capacities, from beginning her career in Mississippi to Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights to Equal Employment Opportunity Attorney and Officer at the National Gallery of Art. Lindsay was a nonresident Fellow of Seminar XXI, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for International Studies, holds a JD from the University of Mississippi, and a B.A. magna cum laude (focus on International Relations) from Sewanee which included a junior year of study at the London School of Economics.