Washington, D.C. —The Millennium Challenge Corporation today announced the appointment of Sherri Kraham to the newly created position of Deputy Vice President for the Department of Policy and International Relations. She will report to the Vice President for Policy and International Relations, Maureen Harrington, and will join MCC’s senior executive management team.
As Deputy Vice President, Ms. Kraham will be responsible for managing the annual country selection process, executing the Threshold Program, and ensuring effective donor coordination. She will also oversee the development of policies and strategies for strengthening MCC’s innovative approach to development assistance including conducting economic analysis and rigorous independent evaluations. Most recently, Ms. Kraham was MCC’s Managing Director for Development Policy.
Prior to joining MCC in 2004, Ms. Kraham worked at the U.S. Department of State for seven years. In 2003, she served a year-long assignment in Iraq for the Coalition Provisional Authority as part of the first civilian team dedicated to reconstruction efforts, as the Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Director of the Program Review Board. Before serving in Iraq, she served as an advisor to an Under Secretary of State, where she oversaw various U.S. foreign assistance programs of approximately $5 billion annually, which focused on development, humanitarian assistance, democracy promotion, human rights, peacekeeping and security. From 1998 — 2001, Ms. Kraham worked as the Iraq Desk Officer developing and implementing grant programs implementing U.S. policy towards Iraq.
Ms. Kraham received a law degree and an International Business and Trade certificate from George Mason University School of Law in 1999, and is a member of the Virginia Bar Association. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Florida Atlantic University, where she focused her studies and research on religious and ethnic conflict in the Middle East.
The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government corporation designed to work with developing countries, is based on the principle that aid is most effective when it reinforces sound political, economic, and social policies that promote poverty reduction through economic growth. For more information about MCC, visit www.mcc.gov.