Li Zhou (she/her) is the Research Program Manager for The Audacious Project, a collaboration between a leading group of nonprofits and social entrepreneurs driving a new philanthropic model to inspire change at scale. Overseeing the pipeline and curation of bold ideas, she has helped Audacious catalyze over $1.98B in support of 29 projects located across the globe. Prior to TED, Li served as a political appointee under the Obama Administration at the Departments of Commerce and Treasury, where she helped shape policies for the economy and developed public-private partnerships. With a range of experiences across the nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors, Li has created and scaled programs, promoted social policy reforms, and channeled funding for issues including economic inclusion, immigration, and gender and racial equity. Li earned her BA from Colgate University and her MBA from NYU Stern.