Vice President, Department of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Chantale Yokmin Wong is the Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. In these roles, Ms. Wong oversees MCC’s administrative services, financial management and budgeting, human resources, information technology, logistics and travel, overseas administration, procurement, contracts and grants management, and security.
Ms. Wong is a management and policy professional; her budget and financial expertise has been honed by over 30 years of experience in government and non-profit sectors. Most recently, Ms. Wong served as the Budget Director of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), where she was responsible for advocating, defending and monitoring NASA’s $18 billion budget.
Prior to NASA, Ms. Wong was deputy budget director at the U.S. Department of Treasury, where she was instrumental in the early days of the financial rescue of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and in developing the financial instruments of the Trouble Asset Relief Program. She has served as special assistant to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator for budget and implementation of the Clean Water Act, and as a program and policy analyst at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) following the 1990 enactment of the Clean Air Act. During the 1995-1996 budget crisis, Ms. Wong served as Chief of Staff to the OMB Director, where she gained significant insight into the challenges of budget deficits and balances.
Ms. Wong began her career as a water and sanitation engineer for the City and County of San Francisco, designing and operating sewage and storm treatment facilities, putting into practice her training in that arena and earning professional licenses in civil engineering in California and Massachusetts. In 1999, Ms. Wong joined the staff of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila as an environment specialist to ensure environmental assessments of ADB projects were completed in accordance with ADB’s environmental and social policies.
While at ADB, she joined project teams on several water irrigation projects, and led development and publication of ADB’s first Asian Environment Outlook (2001), which identified opportunities for governments of Asia and the Pacific to more effectively address environmental concerns through mainstreaming these considerations into economic and sectoral policies and programs. Ms. Wong was then appointed by President Bill Clinton to represent the United States as Alternate and then Acting Executive Director of the ADB, where she served until 2002.
Ms. Wong has authored and contributed to a number of policy and technical papers, including “Clear Water, Blue Skies, China’s Environment in the New Century,” China 2020 series, The World Bank, September 1997; “Federal Water Policy: Towards an Agenda for Action,” Harvard Water Policy Project, Harvard University, August 1988; and “Treatment and Control Strategies, Combined Sewer Overflow Pollution Abatement, Manual of Practice,” Water Pollution Control Federation, October 1989.
Ms. Wong holds a master in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where she was a Littauer Fellow and a Women’s Leadership Fellow. She also holds a master in environmental engineering from the University of California, Berkeley with a focus on water and wastewater; and a BS in civil/structural engineering from the University of Hawaii. She speaks three dialects of Chinese and strives to retain her Japanese language knowledge from her youth spent in Okinawa, Japan.