Press Release

MCC Welcomes New Leadership from Biden-Harris Administration

For Immediate Release

February 10, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2021– Today, the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced the appointment of several new members of the agency’s leadership team, including Alexia Latortue as Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Latortue will be joined by Cameron Alford as Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary; Aysha House as Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs; and Fatema Z. Sumar as Vice President, Department of Compact Operations. Ms. Latortue, Mr. Alford, Ms. House, and Ms. Sumar will be joining the agency over the coming weeks.

“We are very excited to welcome the newly appointed members to MCC’s leadership team,” said Mahmoud Bah, Acting CEO of MCC. “Each brings a wealth of expertise, experience and a diverse background to MCC, strengthening our highly effective and dynamic staff. MCC is well poised to partner with countries and deploy its results-focused model to accelerate sustainable economic growth, reduce poverty, strengthen institutions, and improve the lives of people around the world.”

More about the backgrounds of the incoming members of the leadership team:

Alexia Latortue – Deputy Chief Executive Officer, MCC: Ms. Latortue is currently the Managing Director, Corporate Strategy and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She has served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Development Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and Deputy CEO of CGAP within the World Bank. She also has experience in the private sector, including with Development Alternatives, Inc.

Cameron Alford – Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary, MCC: Mr. Alford will join MCC from U.S. Bank, where he was most recently Senior Counsel, International Banking. He is a practicing attorney and leader with over fifteen years of experience in government and the private sector. He also served as Chief of Staff of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and as an attorney in the international law firm Jones Day.

Aysha House – Vice President, Congressional and Public Affairs, MCC: Ms. House is currently the Senior Advisor and Feed the Future Interagency Coordinator at USAID where she works to advance the U.S. government’s global food security efforts. Ms. House has also served as a Congressional Liaison Officer for USAID, Director of External Affairs at the U.S. African Development Foundation, and Director of Congressional Affairs for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. She also brings extensive experience as a former congressional aide.

Fatema Z. Sumar – Vice President, Department of Compact Operations, MCC: Ms. Sumar will rejoin MCC from Oxfam America, where she was Vice President, Global Programs. From 2015-2018, she was MCC’s Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, Pacific, and Latin America in the Department of Compact Operations. Ms. Sumar also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of South and Central Asia at the U.S. Department of State, and as a Senior Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

To learn more about MCC and its programs, visit mcc.gov.

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The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an independent U.S. Government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Created in 2004, MCC provides time-limited grants and assistance to poor countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, from fighting corruption to respecting democratic rights. Learn more about MCC at www.mcc.gov.