Rachelle Lyndaker Schlabach serves as Director of the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office. She leads workshops, writes and speaks on U.S. policy toward the Middle East and meets regularly with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. She also speaks to groups about the intersection of faith and politics from an Anabaptist perspective. Rachelle worked at the MCC U.S. Washington Office from 1998-2003, before returning as director in 2007. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Eastern Mennonite Seminary and is a graduate of Goshen College.
Tammy Alexander is the Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs at the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office, focusing on immigration and the environment. Tammy speaks and writes on U.S. policy related to these issues and meets with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. She has co-chaired the Interfaith Immigration Coalition since 2011. Prior to joining MCC in 2007, Tammy worked as a propulsion engineer on the space shuttle program from 1996-2004. She holds a Master of Arts in International Development from American University and engineering degrees from Purdue University and the University of Tennessee Space Institute.
Charles Obiorah Kwuelum serves as Legislative Associate for the Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office. He leads workshops, writes and speaks on U.S. policy toward Africa, Food Security and Food Justice, Global HIV/AIDS, and meets regularly with congressional offices and Administration officials to convey MCC’s perspective on public policy. Before joining the Washington Office in January 2015, Charles was a Fellow at Search for Common Ground DC and a Graduate Intern coalition builder at the Africa Faith & Justice Network, also in Washington, DC. He holds a Master’s in International Affairs & Diplomacy (ABU Zaria, Nigeria) and a Master’s in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University’s Center for Justice & Peacebuilding in Harrisonburg, VA. He also holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy and Theology from Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome, Italy.
Legislative Associate for International Affairs
Phone: (202) 544-6564, ext. 62118
Areas of focus: Latin America & Asia
Charissa started working in the Washington Office in June of 2014. She monitors U.S. policy towards several Latin American, Caribbean, and Asian countries as she works with MCC staff internationally to determine the impact on partners and projects. She participates in several coalitions and working groups to bolster MCC partner advocacy at the local and national level and convey their messages in Washington. Before coming to the advocacy office, Charissa worked with MCC Honduras from 2010-2014 in various capacities. She received her bachelor’s degree from Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.
Cherelle M. Dessus
Legislative Assistant/Communications Coordinator
Phone: (202) 544-6564, ext. 62111
Areas of focus: Criminal justice reform, gun violence, and Native American advocacy
Cherelle M. Dessus, Philadelphia native, serves as Legislative Assistant on several domestic policy issues, with a focus on criminal justice reform. She writes, speaks, and meets with congressional offices and government officials to convey MCC’s values and goals on public policy. She runs a variety of communications for the Washington Office, and also speaks to groups about the intersection of faith and politics from an Anabaptist perspective. Prior to coming to Washington, Cherelle served in MCC’s Summer Service Program serving spoken word poetry students in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Cherelle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Political Affairs from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and is currently enrolled in Penn State’s MPA program.