The Vice President of Congressional and Public Affairs handles communications and relations with both Congress and the general public.
Aysha House has been appointed to serve as the Vice President of Congressional and Public Affairs for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
Prior to her appointment to the MCC, House worked as a Feed the Future Interagency Coordinator at USAID. House additionally worked in Congressional relations at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (now known as the Development Finance Corporation).
Past statements on development, diplomacy, and U.S. global leadership:
On U.S. Global Leadership: Writing in a 2011 USAID blog post, House said, “USAID knows how to respond to drought, and we know how to provide for the immediate and the long-term needs of the hungry. We are poised to do more, and the United States and the international community will continue to work together to make a difference for those in need.” (source)
On Development: During an interview with the American Foreign Service Association, House touched on “the power of international development,” sharing that it works in “combatting the pressing global challenges of poverty and hunger, violence and piracy, injustice and accountability in government, to access to education and so much more.” (source)
On Africa: Discussing USAID’s work in the East African region, House wrote: “USAID’s mission covering the whole of East Africa is working to open up access to regional markets with a focus on staple crops and livestock, as well as reduce trade barriers and increase the capacity of key regional African institutions and firms as part of the Feed the Future platform.” (source)
On Multilateralism: Noting USAID’s involvement in African famine relief, House noted: “Soaring global food prices, combined with drought in 2007 and 2008, hit the (eastern Horn of Africa) hard. In response, USAID worked with government, U.N. and NGO partners to increase the resiliency of drought-prone communities. These efforts have helped many escape the worst effects of the current drought.” (source)