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MCC CEO Nominee Would Bring Political Ties, But Some Question Expertise (Devex)

January 8, 2018
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WASHINGTON — The announcement of a nominee to lead the Millennium Challenge Corporation was welcome news in the development community, as the agency has been operating with an acting chief executive officer for about a year, but some raised questions about the nominee’s seeming lack of development expertise.
 
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Most MCC CEOs have come from the private sector and not had a “tremendous depth of experience in development,” said Sarah Rose, a policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, adding that the nomination is not a huge break from past appointments.
 
“In the absence of very specific development experience in the past, other kinds of experience can be brought to bear in a positive way for the MCC,” she said, adding that his experience working in the White House and with Congress could help MCC build and maintain both financial and political support.  
 
“It’s always important for top leadership to be able to operate politically with members of Congress,” and MCC has some legislative priorities including allowing regional compacts and how the agency could expand its impact, she said.
 

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