Algene T. Sajery

Ms. Algene T. Sajery is Vice President of the Office of External Affairs at DFC. In this role, she leads a team of public affairs professionals to advance DFC’s mission. Ms. Sajery is also Head of Global Gender Equity Initiatives leading the Corporation’s 2X gender lens investment program, supports workforce diversity and inclusion efforts, and is a member of the Corporation’s Investment Committee.

Ms. Sajery is a seasoned foreign policy and national security expert with over 20 years of legislative and political affairs experience. From 2012 to 2020, Ms. Sajery served as Senior Foreign Policy and National Security Advisor to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD). From 2015 to 2018, she concurrently served as Democratic Policy Director of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (SFRC), becoming the first African American woman to serve in a senior leadership role on the prestigious committee. During her Senate tenure, Ms. Sajery drafted and negotiated several landmark foreign policy laws, including the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, Syria War Crimes Accountability Act, Diversity in National Security Act, Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act, Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act, Global Food Security Act, and Eli Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, among others.

Prior to the Senate, Ms. Sajery held several leadership roles in the House of Representatives, including as Democratic Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights; Chief of Staff and Legislative Director to Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (NY); and Press Secretary to the late Congressman John Conyers (MI).

In her spare time, Ms. Sajery hosts a podcast highlighting the journeys of women of color changemakers, is a frequent guest lecturer on politics and policymaking at DC-area universities, and supports Baltimore area organizations serving children with Autism and other disabilities. Ms. Sajery holds two bachelor’s degrees from Howard University, completed graduate studies at John Hopkins University, and obtained Harvard Kennedy School's certification for senior executives in national and international security. She is a member of the Johns Hopkins University SAIS National Security Scholars and Practitioners Program.