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April 11 Monday

Cheryl Mills, CEO BlackIvy Group: The Role of the Private Sector in Promoting Good Governance in Africa

  • Monday, April 11, 2016 at 4:30PM - 6:00PM
  • Baker Hall A-005
  • Open To The Yale Community
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Cheryl Mills, Founder and CEO of BlackIvy Group, a values-driven company that builds and grows commercial enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa, will give a presentation on the role of the private sector in promoting good governance. Prior to BlackIvy, Ms. Mills served as Chief of Staff to Secretary Hillary Clinton and Counselor to the U.S. Department of State, where she managed foreign policy and operational priorities. She supervised priority policy areas, including the Obama Administration’s $3.5 billion global hunger and food security initiative spanning 19 countries, 12 in Africa, and diplomacy and development efforts in Haiti. In Haiti, Ms. Mills led the implementation of an $800M public-private partnership in northern Haiti, resulting in the development of one of the largest industrial parks in the Caribbean.

From 2002 – 2008, Ms. Mills served as Senior Vice President for Administration and Operations as well as General Counsel at New York University. As General Counsel, Ms. Mills supervised the University’s legal affairs, public safety, risk management and compliance operations and served as an officer and the Executive Secretary of the University Board of Trustees. Ms. Mills came to New York to join Oxygen Media, a cable and internet start-up, where she served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Policy and Public Programming. She previously worked in Washington, D.C., where she served as Deputy Counsel to the President at the White House. Ms. Mills’ legal experience also includes serving as Associate Counsel to the President, as Deputy General Counsel of the Clinton/Gore Transition Planning Foundation, and as an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Hogan and Hartson where she represented various school districts seeking to implement the promises of Brown v. Board of Education.

Ms. Mills currently serves on the board of BlackRock, Inc., the Clinton Foundation and the See Forever Foundation. Ms. Mills received her Juris Doctor degree from Stanford Law School, where she was elected to the Stanford Law Review. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Africa Law and Policy Association