Sandra Lawson is a managing director at Goldman Sachs and the Executive Director of the Global Markets Institute, the firm’s public-policy research center. Her research has focused on the role of the financial system and capital markets in driving economic growth. She has also written on the gender gaps in pay and seniority at US businesses.
Lawson previously served as the director of Goldman Sachs’s communications with US banking regulators. She has also worked in Goldman’s economics research department, where her focus included women’s education, public health, demographics, urbanization and capital-markets development. She is the author of ‘Women Hold Up Half the Sky,’ which assessed the economic growth premium of expanded female education in major emerging economies, and ‘The Power of the Purse,’ which considered the spending impact of women’s empowerment along with growth in the middle class in emerging markets. Lawson was an equity-market strategist in Hong Kong during the 1997-1998 Asian crisis.
Lawson has degrees from Yale Law School and Dartmouth College and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.