Michele Perez Named OPIC’s Vice President of the Department of Management and Administration
August 8, 2016
WASHINGTON – The Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution, today announced the selection of Michele Perez as OPIC’s Vice President of the Department of Management and Administration (DMA). DMA is responsible to deliver internal operational and resource management requirements that enable OPIC to effectively execute its mission.
“We are excited to welcome Michele to OPIC,” said Elizabeth Littlefield, OPIC’s President and CEO. “She is the ideal person to lead DMA due to her extensive experience in management and leadership overseeing operations and programs across the management spectrum.”
Michele joins OPIC with nearly two decades of nonprofit and public sector experience in key management and leadership positions. She began her career in the federal service with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a fellow in the Office of the Regional Director in Chicago. During that time, she received the 2006 Federal Employee of the Year – Outstanding Team Award for her work in standing up the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Call Center in response to Hurricane Katrina.
From there, she moved to the Veterans Health Administration where she advanced the organization’s most complex and transformational change initiative to improve access to healthcare. Most recently, Michele served as the Director of Administrative Operations for the Office of the Secretary at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In this role, she was responsible to provide direct support to the Secretary and his senior executive leadership team to enable a customer service oriented delivery model focused on modernizing processes and capabilities to improve performance.
Michele holds a M.S. in Management from the Catholic University of America, a B.S. from Cornell University, and graduated high school from Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. She attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government Community Builder Fellows program at Harvard University and completed the Brookings Institute Executive Education in Innovative Business Practices course.
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OPIC is the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. It mobilizes private capital to help address critical development challenges and in doing so, advances U.S. foreign policy and national security priorities. Because OPIC works with the U.S. private sector, it helps U.S. businesses gain footholds in emerging markets, catalyzing revenues, jobs and growth opportunities both at home and abroad. OPIC achieves its mission by providing investors with financing, political risk insurance, and support for private equity investment funds, when commercial funding cannot be obtained elsewhere. Established as an agency of the U.S. Government in 1971, OPIC operates on a self-sustaining basis at no net cost to American taxpayers.
All OPIC projects adhere to high environmental and social standards and respect human rights, including worker's rights. By mandating high standards, OPIC aims to raise the industry and regional standards of the countries where it funds projects. OPIC services are available for new and expanding business enterprises in more than 160 countries worldwide.