DJ Nordquist

Former World Bank Group Executive Director, Fellow at UVA’s Darden School of Business


Ms. Nordquist is a Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she engages in the Darden classroom as a guest speaker and co-teaches, participates in roundtable discussions and contributes thought leadership articles.

Prior, Ms. Nordquist formerly represented the United States at the Board of Directors of the World Bank Group from 2019-2021, after being confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. Her work at the Bank focused on energy policy, the COVID response, oversight, information and communication technology, debt, human capital, and gender.

Before the World Bank, Ms. Nordquist served as Chief of Staff at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President where she helped create and manage objective, nonpartisan economic analysis and advice on the development and implementation of a wide range of domestic and international economic policies, such as infrastructure, innovation, tax reform, labor market economics, GDP growth factors, deregulation, the opioids crisis, and cyber.

Previously, she was Chief of Staff for the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution where she focused on fiscal and monetary policy, poverty and opportunity, healthcare, economic dynamism, education policy, and family structure. She also served as Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Senior Advisor in the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and Deputy Assistant Secretary at the US Department of Education.

Prior to her federal service, Ms. Nordquist worked in the private sector in Thailand, France, and Sweden, and also worked at several other think tanks. She began her career on Capitol Hill, working in both the Senate and House.

She is fluent in French, and has some knowledge of Italian, and knows a smidgeon of Swedish and Thai phrases. She and her husband have 3 children and she is involved in their schools, Alexandria 4H, and the National Charity League.


B.A., Stanford University; MSJ, Northwestern University.

Area of Expertise

Multilateral development banks, international development, economic policy, domestic policy