Cassandra Q. Butts is U.S. Ambassador-Designate to The Bahamas and currently serves as the senior advisor to the CEO at the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), an international development assistance agency. As 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 in managing a grant portfolio of over $8 billion, and leads the agency’s work to prioritize gender equality.
Ms. Butts was formerly the deputy counsel to President Obama where she focused on domestic issues and judicial nominations including establishing a vetting process that led to the nomination of two Supreme Court justices. She was the general counsel to the Obama-Biden Transition Project and served as director of then-Senator Obama’s Senate transition team. She also served as senior vice president for domestic policy at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a leading progressive policy think tank.
Prior to joining CAP, she was counsel and policy 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. 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.