Washington, D.C. Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Ambassador John Danilovich announced the appointment of Maureen Harrington as the Vice President for Policy and International Relations (PIR) effective September 1, 2006. She will report to the CEO and is an officer of the Corporation.
As Vice President for PIR, Ms. Harrington is responsible for managing the annual eligible and Threshold country selection process, executing the Threshold Program, monitoring trends in development policy and practice, and promoting and ensuring effective donor coordination on the general MCC approach.
Ms. Harrington has a distinguished 15 year career in international development in both the private and public sectors. Most recently she served as MCCs Managing Director for Africa, responsible for overseeing MCCs efforts in Anglophone and Lusophone Africa
Prior to joining MCC, Ms. Harrington served as Special Assistant with the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She was responsible for a number private sector development projects for the Africa Bureau, including participation in the work of a congressionally mandated policy advisory panel preparing recommendations on how the U.S. Government can help strengthen the African capital markets.
Ms. Harrington also served as Senior Associate at JE Austin Associates, an emerging markets economic development consulting firm in Washington, D.C., directing the competitiveness practice. Earlier, she led the Massachusetts Trade Office, the organization responsible for promoting international trade initiatives in Massachusetts. Ms. Harrington held a variety of positions over eight years with the International Republican Institute (IRI), a non- profit organization that supports democracy initiatives worldwide.
Following graduation from DePauw University, Ms. Harrington served as a staff member for Congressman Wally Herger. A graduate of Harvard Business School in 2001, Ms. Harrington resides in Washington, D.C.
Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a U.S. government corporation designed to work with some of the poorest countries in the world, is based on the principle that aid is most effective when it reinforces good governance, economic freedom, and investments in people that promote economic growth and elimination of extreme poverty.