Nancy McCarthy

Nancy McCarthy, PhD

President and Founder
LEAD Analytics, Inc.
Panelist–Climate Change and Food Security

Nancy McCarthy earned a PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 1996, and a JD, cum laude, from the George Mason University School of Law in 2009. In 2010, she founded LEAD Analytics, based in Washington DC. LEAD (Law, Economics & Agriculture for Development) brings together legal and economic expertise to effectively address growth and development objectives in developing countries, with a particular emphasis on agricultural development, natural resource management, and responses to climate change. Current projects focus on a broad range of legal and economic issues related to development, including: assessing options to enhance food security, improving the adaptive capacity of smallholder farming systems, and mitigating carbon emissions, as a partner in the FAO's "Climate Smart Agriculture" Project. Other projects include evaluating legal and policy mechanisms to foster expansion of renewable energy in Latin America, and analyzing the impact of severe floods on household well-being in rural Malawi. With more than 20 years of experience working in developing countries, she collaborates with a wide network of research partners and development practitioners both in the U.S. and abroad. Nancy is a contributing author on the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group 2 chapter on Adaptation and Food Security.