Nancy R. Smith is currently acting as the Director for the Climate Action Pledge, an effort supported by the Tse Foundation and Global Friends Philanthropy to deepen and expand climate philanthropy. She is also an independent consultant with more than 20 years of experience working with philanthropic and international non-profit organizations on transnational challenges. She previously served as the director of philanthropy and gender programs at Salzburg Global, an international think tank, and served as executive associate and international coordinator at Girls Incorporated, a US–based youth development organization. She also worked as a consultant at the UN Division for the Advancement of Women (now part of UN Women), including supporting the Secretariat at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China.
Ms. Smith earned a B.A. in politics from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Lancaster in England.