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PlacementRep. Donald McEachin

Fellowship Presented By

Marcel Akhame

Security/Defense Fellow

Marcel Ano Akhame is a Nigerian immigrant who moved to Dallas, Texas in 2006. He currently serves as a CBCF Energy Fellow. Marcel was previously employed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Program Analyst. In that  role, he served as EPA HQ’s point of contact for the Public Water System Supervision Grant program—a $100+ million federal grant program. With the explicit goal of analyzing the program and providing revisions to better implement the program, Marcel assembled and led a 20+ member workgroup of regional Project Officers in revising the program’s Funding Recommendation Template and drafting a new Implementation Handbook. Additionally, Marcel served as the lead on the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN) Pilot Programs and Covered Programs of the Justice40 initiative and was involved with laying the groundwork for many of the benefits and methodologies used to determine the recipients of EPA’s program funds. This work will ease the Biden Administration’s efforts in ensuring that at least 40 percent of program benefits are accessed by disadvantaged communities throughout the country.

Marcel is a recent graduate of American University’s (AU) School of Public Affairs with a Master of Public Policy with concentrations in Comparative Public Policy and International Development. He intends to use the skills learned throughout the program and his time with CBCF to promote and incorporate racial equity and justice to the energy, environmental, and health policy areas. Prior to his time at AU he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a Minor in Economics from the University of North Texas.