Nicholas M. Bassey is Deputy Vice President for MCC’s Department of Congressional and Public Affairs, where he works to strengthen relationships with Congress, NGOs, businesses, government officials, and the U.S. public. His portfolio includes the planning, implementation, and oversight of domestic and international communications, media relations, events, and digital and outreach strategies, and as well as nurturing strategic relationships with key partners.
Mr. Bassey previously served as Division Chief for Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Institutional Capacity in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s PSE Hub. There, he fostered strategic alliances to enhance the Agency’s capacity to leverage private sector resources for international development. Mr. Bassey also served as Director of University Programs for the U.S. Peace Corps, establishing and nurturing partnerships with a range of higher education institutions involved in international development. He also served the Peace Corps as Director of Placement, overseeing the selection and assignment of applicants; managing the operations of the Placement Office; assuring placement program planning and evaluation; and establishing and defining the agency’s volunteer recruitment and placement goals.
Mr. Bassey was also Director of the Institute for International Public Policy, where he administered a fellowship program designed to increase diversity in the international affairs workforce and provide support for international education programs at Minority Serving Institutions. His early career was in the nonprofit sector, where he served as Assistant Vice President for Program Development at the Council for Opportunity in Education, Deputy Director of Freedom Schools at the Children’s Defense Fund, and Assistant Program Manager for the Office of Community Service at Morehouse College.
Mr. Bassey earned a B.S. degree from Morehouse College and an M.A. from the George Washington University.