Thursday, October 20, 2022
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
South Common Room, 111 Thayer Street
Students interested in work in international development or international affairs are invited to meet with Shirley Jean '99 (IR and Development Studies), Assistant General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She will share her experience working in these fields and answer any questions on these fields from a practitioner's perspective.
As Assistant General Counsel at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, she provides legal and strategic advice in support of the development and implementation of MCC development assistance and leads negotiations of bilateral international agreements. She joined the Millennium Challenge Corporation in 2013, after serving as an advisor to Government of Haiti based in the Haitian Embassy in Washington, DC. With over 15 years of experience in international development, Ms. Jean previously served as a Senior Investment Officer in the private sector operations department at the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Tunis, Tunisia and prior to that as legal counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the AfDB. While at the AfDB, she was appointed to assist with the AfDB initiative to assist Zimbabwe reengage with the international community. Prior to joining the AfDB, Ms. Jean was a litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York.
Ms. Jean holds a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School; a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with a focus on Food Security; and an A.B. (honors) from Brown University with concentrations in Development Studies and International Relations. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Haiti undertaking research on the impact of structural adjustment (economic reforms) on food security in the country. Since 2019, Ms. Jean has served on Brown University’s Women’s Leadership Council and is a member of the Brown University Inman Page Council.
Ms. Jean has a deep passion for books, movies, and travel. She has traveled to over 70 countries and lived in Ghana, Haiti, Tanzania, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom.