Ms. Algene Sajery is founder and CEO of Catalyst Global Strategies, LLC. She is a seasoned foreign policy and national security policy expert with over 20 years of legislative and political affairs experience in the U.S. Congress, as well as the corporate and nonprofit sectors. At Catalyst, Ms. Sajery and her clients are ‘catalysts for good’ who develop and execute government relations and public affairs strategies to improve global health, foster economic development, promote human and civil rights, and solve complex global security challenges.
Prior to launching Catalyst, Ms. Sajery was senior foreign policy and national security advisor to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD) from 2012 to 2020. From 2015-2018, Sajery concurrently served as democratic policy director of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (SFRC). Prior to the Senate, she held several leadership roles in the House of Representatives, including as democratic staff director of the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health and Human Rights.
As the first woman of color to serve in a senior leadership role of SFRC, Ms. Sajery is dedicated to increasing woman and minority representation in national policymaking. She recently launched The Minority Leaders, a podcast highlighting the journeys of women of color change-makers in Washington. She serves on the Steering Committee of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security, and the Human Rights committee of Women of Color Advancing Peace and Security. She is also in the 2020-2021 cohort of the National Security Scholars and Practitioners Program (NSSPP) at SAIS.