After working in the private sector as an entrepreneur, management consultant and private equity investment professional for almost nine years, Matthew Bohn pursued a transition to the development sector with the belief that private sector discipline could help achieve positive change in the developing world.
This passion for achieving social impact through economic development led Bohn to join the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corp. in July 2004, the year it was launched, to bring a private sector perspective to poverty reduction and international development. After a year of helping to develop MCC’s project appraisal model and managing Latin America country relationships from Washington, D.C., Bohn was appointed resident country director for MCC in Nicaragua. He served as one of the first directors in the field responsible for establishing MCC’s country presence and overseeing a $175 million development program focused on road infrastructure, rural development and land tenure reform.
After two and half years in the field, Bohn returned to Washington, D.C., as MCC’s chief of staff where he was able to serve as principle adviser to the CEO and deputy CEO on global strategy, operations, policy and board issues. He also had the opportunity to work closely with the department of administration and finance, and to serve as acting deputy department head for a period of time.
Bohn returned to the field in September 2010 to oversee the launch and implementation of a U.S. government-funded, $434 million, five-year compact grant with the Philippines. Together with MCA-Philippines, the Philippine-led implementing entity, the partnership aims to reduce poverty through growth and comprises three projects: rehabilitating 222 kilometers of Samar Road, a secondary national road in the Visayan province; empowering local communities to identify and implement small-scale infrastructure projects; and bolstering the effectiveness of government revenue collection and reducing opportunities for corruption by streamlining and computerizing tax administration at the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Bohn credits the success of the program, which is expected to benefit millions of Filipinos, to a talented and hardworking group of Filipino professionals at MCA-Philippines and the excellent support of his team of MCC professionals based in Manila and Washington, D.C.