Ms. Fandell is USTDA’s General Counsel, serving as a member of the agency’s executive leadership team, which supports the Director on a broad range of issues related to the agency’s mission, strategic direction and effectiveness. A member of the Senior Executive Service, she leads a dynamic team of attorneys providing legal advice and direction on all USTDA program activities and operational and ethics matters.
Ms. Fandell is an experienced development finance and business integrity leader in multicultural settings, with over 25 years of international legal experience at the cross-roads of the private and public sectors. Prior to joining USTDA in 2018, Ms. Fandell served as VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she also was a member of the executive team and oversaw the Office of General Counsel, including operation of the MCC’s ethics program and anti-fraud and corruption program. Before joining the MCC, Ms. Fandell served as the General Counsel of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) and in other roles in the Inter-American Development Bank Group for over fifteen years. As chief legal officer for the IIC, which promotes the economic development of its Latin American and Caribbean member countries by financing private enterprises, she oversaw a broad range of lending, investment, operational and corporate governance matters.
Ms. Fandell joined the IIC in 2001 from Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago office, where she primarily represented U.S.-based clients with respect to their investments and projects throughout Latin America, including extensive work related to telecom, energy and other infrastructure investment projects, joint ventures and privatization. In the 1990s, she worked as an adviser to the Government of Costa Rica, coordinating negotiations involving foreign investment in natural resources, and as a high school teacher in Honduras.
Ms. Fandell is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and holds a BA in History with honors in Humanities from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School.