Heather Samuelson

Heather Samuelson is the Senior Vice President for Administration at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). In this role, she oversees resources and operations across the Corporation.

Ms. Samuelson has nearly two decades of experience in government and the non-profit sector. Prior to joining DFC, she served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Legislative Affairs, guiding State Department and ambassadorial nominees through the Senate confirmation process. Before that, Ms. Samuelson served for over five years in the Obama-Biden administration—first as White House Liaison & Senior Advisor to the Secretary at the Department of State, and then as Assistant Counsel in the White House Counsel’s Office.

As an attorney, Ms. Samuelson has represented high-profile clients in complex legal and policy matters, including congressional investigations. She also served as the first General Counsel for the non-profit National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA), building the legal department for NDWA and its sister organizations.

Ms. Samuelson is a graduate of George Washington University and American University, Washington College of Law. She is a Term Member on the Council on Foreign Relations and formerly served on the Steering Committee for the Leadership Council for Women in National Security.