Cassandra Butts is the senior advisor to the chief executive officer at the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). As the senior advisor, she advises the CEO on a range of strategic and policy-related issues, chairs MCC’s Investment Management Committee, the agency’s senior-most body for determining grants to partner countries, and leads the agency’s efforts to prioritize gender equality. Ms. Butts was formerly the deputy White House counsel where she focused on judicial nominations. She was the general counsel to the Obama-Biden Transition Project. She also served as senior vice president for domestic policy at the Center for American Progress. Prior to joining CAP, she was a senior advisor to House Democratic Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO) where she worked on immigration, refugee and asylum issues and served as the policy director on his 2004 presidential campaign. Ms. Butts also served as director of Senator Obama’s Senate transition. Previously, she was an assistant counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund and served as legislative counsel to Senator Harris L. Wofford (D-PA). Ms. Butts was an international election observer to the Zimbabwean parliamentary elections in 2000. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.