Corey Arnez Griffin is regarded as a passionate senior executive with deep international development, consulting, business development, sales and marketing experience in the private and public sectors. In 2012, Griffin was appointed Associate Director of Office of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Foreign Service Officer by President Obama to the Peace Corps. In this role, Mr. Griffin has responsibility for developing and executing the agency partnership strategy to support its mission and the work of its volunteers around the world. The Office of Strategic Partnerships includes the gifts and grants management, inter-governmental affairs, and university collaborations and partnerships. In this role, Mr. Griffin is also providing leadership to the Peace Corps’ effort to support the Administration’s expansion of national service and volunteerism.
Prior to the Peace Corps, Griffin was appointed and served as Chief of Staff by Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie in the District of Columbia. In this role, Griffin served as the Councilmember’s chief political advisor and strategist on issues that included workforce and economic development, legislation, public policy and municipal administration.
Mr. Griffin spent more than 14 years at Microsoft Corporation working in various roles and leadership positions, including roles in consulting, operations, and sales. As Director of International Development, Mr. Griffin had responsibility for Microsoft’s strategy for international development aid, trade and finance agencies, including United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief, Overseas Private Investment Corporation, etc.
After Microsoft, Mr. Griffin joined MainStream GS, a veteran owned management consulting firm, specializing in helping to create high performance organizations in the public sector. As Vice President at MainStream GS, Mr. Griffin was responsible for the sales and business development efforts covering civilian federal agencies and the state and local markets.
Griffin enjoys the privilege of service and has a long history of community, public, and non-profit engagement. In the international development community, he has served on the board of directors for the United States Global Leadership Campaign (USGLC) and the Society for International Development (SID), Washington DC chapter. Griffin also served on the boards of the Greater Washington Urban League, SamariCorp, and So Others Might Eat in the District of Columbia. Griffin is the co-founder of DC Innovates, a 501c (3) non-profit organization focused on promoting the innovation economy for the District of Columbia. In 2008, he was appointed by the former USAID Administrator, Henrietta H. Fore, to serve on the Advisory Committee on Foreign Voluntary Aid. In 2009, Griffin was elected to public office as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, where he served more than 24,000 constituents on the full range of municipal government services and issues. In the same year, Mr. Griffin was also appointed by the Mayor of the District of Columbia to chair the business innovation transition team for the City.
Griffin is a native of Washington DC, and was named by Washington Business Journal as one of the region’s top minority business leaders of the year for 2008 and one of the top 40 International Development professionals under 40 by the Devex Group in 2010. Griffin attended Morgan State University, and has successfully completed executive education programs at George Washington University, Harvard University, UCLA, and Cornell University. Griffin is also a proud graduate of Leadership Greater Washington’s class of 2007.