Director, National Advocacy and Program
Phone: (202) 544-6564, ext. 62113; (240) 620-7744
Areas of focus: Immigration, environment
Tammy Alexander is the director of National Advocacy and Program for Mennonite Central Committee U.S., also focusing on policy issues related to immigration and climate change. Tammy speaks and writes on U.S. policy related to these issues and meets with congressional offices to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. She co-chaired the Interfaith Immigration Coalition from 2011-2018. Prior to joining MCC in 2007, Tammy worked as a propulsion engineer on the space shuttle program from 1996-2004. She holds a Master of Arts in International Development from American University and engineering degrees from Purdue University and the University of Tennessee Space Institute.
Charles Obiorah Kwuelum
Senior Legislative Associate for International Affairs
Phone: (202) 544-6564, ext. 62116
Areas of focus: Africa, Food Security, and Global HIV/AIDS
Charles Obiorah Kwuelum serves as Legislative Associate for the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office. He leads workshops, writes and speaks on U.S. policy toward Africa, Food Security and Food Justice, Global HIV/AIDS, and meets regularly with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. Before joining the Washington Office in January 2015, Charles was a Fellow at Search for Common Ground DC and a Graduate Intern coalition builder at the Africa Faith & Justice Network, also in Washington, DC. He holds a Master’s in International Affairs & Diplomacy (ABU Zaria, Nigeria) and a Master’s in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding in Harrisonburg, VA. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Theology from Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Italy.
Legislative Associate for International Affairs
Phone: (202) 544-6564, ext. 62118
Areas of focus: Latin America, Asia
Katerina (Kate) Parsons serves as Legislative Associate for the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office, where she focuses on International Affairs in Latin America and Asia. Before joining the Washington Office, she was Director of Communications for the Association for a More Just Society in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where she lived for four years. She has a degree in International Development and Writing from Calvin University and is pursuing a master’s degree in Development Management from American University.