Ms. Algene T. Sajery is Vice President of the Office of External Affairs at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). In this capacity, she leads a team of public affairs, intergovernmental relations, and stakeholder engagement professionals.
Previously she was the founder and CEO of Catalyst Global Strategies, LLC. Ms. Sajery is a seasoned foreign policy and national security policy strategist with over 20 years of legislative and political affairs experience in the U.S. Congress, as well as the corporate and nonprofit sectors. At Catalyst, Ms.Sajery forges strategic partnerships between nongovernmental organizations, businesses, governments, and private donors in the U.S. and the developing world. Together, she and her clients are ‘catalysts for good’ who develop and execute government relations and public affairs strategies to improve global health, foster economic development, promote human and civil rights, and solve complex global security challenges. Ms. Sajery also helps organizations and businesses thrive by showing them how to effectively navigate government, from Washington, to Geneva, to Accra.
Prior to launching Catalyst, Ms. Sajery was senior foreign policy and national security advisor to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD) from 2012 to 2020. From 2015-2018, Sajery concurrently served as democratic policy director of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (SFRC). A highly effective legislative strategist and coalition builder, Ms. Sajery has drafted or negotiated several landmark human rights, national security and foreign policy laws. Prior to the Senate, Ms. Sajery held several leadership roles in the House of Representatives, including as Democratic Staff Director of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights, and Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY). During her tenure in the House, Ms. Sajery co-founded the Congressional African Staff Association and served as a staff lead on several congressional caucuses and task forces, including the HIV/AIDS Caucus and the CBC’s Foreign Policy and National Security Task Force. She began her career on Capitol Hill in 2002 in the office of the late Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (MI).
As the first woman of color to serve in a senior leadership role of SFRC, Ms. Sajery is dedicated to increasing woman and minority representation in national policymaking. She recently launched The Minority Leaders, a podcast highlighting the journeys of women of color change makers in Washington. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS), is a mentorship member of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security, and is a member of Black Women’s Congressional Alliance and Black Professionals in International Affairs. Ms. Sajery is a co-founder of the Curated Consulting Collab and proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. She is also in the 2020-2021 cohort of the National Security Scholars and Practitioners Program (NSSPP). Ms. Sajery holds bachelor’s degrees in English and African American Studies from Howard University and completed graduate studies in Global Security at John Hopkins University.