Meet the Women of OPIC: Jameka M. Carter
March is National Women's History Month, a time to recognize the contributions that women have made to our nation. Everyday throughout the month of March, we will feature one of OPIC's 126 women employees in our Meet the Women of OPIC series. Learn about our diverse workforce and what inspires them to work for the Agency.
Jameka M. Carter
Administrative Assistant, Legal Affairs
Tell us a little about yourself:
I have worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Legal Affairs department for the past three year, providing extensive administrative support to the General Counsel, Attorney staff, and providing assistance to the Corporate Secretary in OPIC Board related functions. Prior to joining OPIC, I worked as a paralegal and legal assistant at a small civil litigation and bankruptcy firm. I graduated cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia with a degree in business management and I am actively applying to law school in the fall in hopes to continue to support the U.S. government's mission in a new capacity.
What do you like best about working at OPIC?
I love the staff here at OPIC but more importantly, I was drawn to the agency's mission. I'm consumed with great satisfaction in knowing that everything that I do is ultimately to support or advocate for transactions that could possibly generate revenue and jobs in a developing country or to foster water and electricity to generate efficiencies for devastated families.
Is there a woman who has inspired you?
Outside of my amazing mother and grandmother, a historical woman that has continued to be an inspiration to me is Jane Bolin. Bolin was the United States' first African American woman to become a federal judge and graduate from Yale Law School. She was a diligent scholar and role model and has motivated me to remain persistent and encouraged with my own career goals.
How do you inspire other women?
I informally inspire women all the time by sharing my own experiences, lessons learned, resources and tactics to succeed, and providing encouragement whenever possible. I know first-hand that these small attempts of inspiration can have a big impact on an individual.
Will you share an interesting fact about yourself?
I love fashion. I'm an auntie to my beautiful niece and nephew, who were born this month. I am a volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank. I'm a Redskins fan --- no matter what!