Fanta Toure-Puri is the inaugural Director of the Girls First Fund. Prior to joining the Girls First Fund, Fanta worked at the World bank in the Human development department. Her work focused on productive social safety nets (cash-based interventions to reduce poverty and improve human development outcomes), social assistance delivery systems youth employment, early childhood development, livelihood support, and post-conflict stabilization. She holds a MA in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University and a BA in International and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.