Speaker For The UCLA Political Science Commencement Ceremony 2016

Dana J. Hyde Chief

Executive Officer

Millennium Challenge Corporation

  Dana J. Hyde, a   former State Department and White House official, brings to MCC more than 20 years of experience in law and public policy, with expertise in economic growth and  resource management in the United States and around the globe. As Associate Director at  the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Ms. Hyde led a team that managed more than  $150 billion in budgetary resources across six cabinet agencies and helped make difficult choices at a time of increasingly limited resources. Ms. Hyde came to OMB from the State Department, where she led the establishment of the Office of Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources and went on to serve as Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary Jack Lew. At State, Ms. Hyde helped bring reform and innovation to U.S. diplomacy and development efforts around the globe, including developing country-owned, country-led initiatives to improve health in the developing world, contributing to the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review and strengthening the lifesaving work of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Earlier in her career, Ms. Hyde served as counsel to the 9/11 Commission, investigating the immediate response of the White House, the Defense Department and the Federal Aviation Administration to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Ms. Hyde also worked in the White House, where she coordinated policy and outreach initiatives for federal agencies handling national security and trade policy as Special Assistant to the President for Cabinet Affairs. As an attorney, Ms. Hyde practiced in London as a member of WilmerHale’s international arbitration group and in Washington, D.C. as a litigation associate at Zuckerman Spaeder. Ms. Hyde also worked at the Justice Department, serving as special assistant to two deputy attorneys general. Ms. Hyde is a graduate of Georgetown Law School and holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is married and the mother of two young boys.