Leocadia I. Zak is director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, which is dedicated to encouraging economic growth in emerging markets and the export of U.S. goods and services to those markets. After being nominated by President Obama in November 2009, Zak was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in March 2010. She had served as acting director of the agency since January 2009 and before that was general counsel (2000–2006) and deputy director (2006–2009).
Prior to joining USTDA, Zak was a partner in the Washington, D.C. and Boston offices of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., where she practiced in the areas of corporate, municipal, and international finance. She served as counsel in connection with a variety of project finance transactions for energy, transportation, health care, telecommunications, and tourism projects.
Zak holds a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law. She has taught at the Morin Center for Banking and Financial Law at Boston University School of Law and at the Georgetown University Law Center.