Nicholas M. Bassey is Team Lead, Private Sector Engagement (PSE) Talent and Training at USAID. The PSE Team strategically fosters alliances with non-traditional stakeholders and enhances the Agency’s capacity to leverage and unlock private sector resources for international development. Prior to his work on this team he led the Research and Innovation Fellowships program, also at USAID, which built models for knowledge exchange by connecting American graduate student researchers with key organizations in developing countries to collaboratively apply science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to complex international development challenges.
Nicholas served as Director of University Programs for the U.S. Peace Corps, establishing and nurturing partnerships with a range of higher education institutions involved in international development. He also served the Peace Corps as Director of Placement, overseeing the selection of applicants; managing the operations of the Placement Office; assuring placement program planning and evaluation; and establishing and defining the agency's Volunteer recruitment and placement goals.
Before joining the Peace Corps staff, Nicholas was Director of the Institute for International Public Policy at the UNCF Special Programs Corporation. There he administered all aspects of a fellowship program designed to increase diversity in the international affairs workforce and the creation of partnerships and infrastructure to support international education programs at Minority Serving Institutions. Nicholas also served as Assistant Vice President for Program Development at the Council for Opportunity in Education, an organization dedicated to expanding access to higher education; Deputy Director of the CDF Freedom Schools program at the Children’s Defense Fund; and Assistant Program Manager at the Morehouse College Office of Community Service. He earned a B.S. degree in Biology from Morehouse College and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the George Washington University.