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Melvin F. Williams, Jr.

Deputy General Counsel

Melvin F. Williams, Jr. was appointed Deputy General Counsel at the SBA in February 2014, where he has responsibility for legal issues associated with the business growth and job-creating mission of this Cabinet-level agency. From 2010, until joining the SBA, Melvin served as the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, an innovative and independent U.S. foreign development agency committed to fighting global poverty through economic growth in poor, but well-governed countries. Melvin provided legal advice to MCC's board of directors, and was responsible for all legal matters associated with MCC's $10 billion portfolio spread over 22 countries.

Melvin entered public service after 13 years at Citigroup, where he was a Director in the General Counsel's Office representing the company in regulatory enforcement matters at the SRO, state, federal, and international level; he also managed the team responsible for the firm's Restricted Trading List, information flows on transactions, transactional conflicts, and preventing the misuse of material non-public information. Prior to Citigroup, Melvin was a litigator at Debevoise & Plimpton, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Melvin also clerked for the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Judge for the Central District of California.

Melvin received his A.B., with highest distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley, during which time he studied at the American University in Cairo; and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.