County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) has selected her new chief of staff, Bo Machayo.
Prior to taking his new job, Machayo was the strategic advisor of external engagement at the U.S. African Development Foundation, a federal government agency dedicated to supporting African-led, African-driven development via financial investments and local technical assistance to African communities and local enterprises.
He has also worked as principal deputy associate director for public engagement at the White House Council on Environmental Quality, as well as at the Department of Homeland Security. He has also served in the offices of Congressman Frank Wolf, the Republican predecessor to Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, and New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
Machayo is a first-generation African-American with parents from Uganda and Kenya. According to the press release announcing his new job, that has inspired him to remain involved with organizations including a nonprofit he co-founded, Global Inheritance. He has also coached elementary and middle school girls’ basketball for four years and as a youth mentor.
He is proficient in four languages, including Spanish and Swahili.
“I am excited to have this well qualified, intelligent, dynamic young man join my team,” Randall said in a statement.
Machayo steps in after Randall’s first chief of staff, Jeanine Arnett, left the position to take over as executive director of Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated, a nonprofit Greek-lettered sorority with more than 300,000 members.