Alumni Changemakers: Latesha Love-Grayer

Informing Federal Programs of Impactful Solutions

To honor our 40 years, we're celebrating our most valuable resource - our alumni - through 40 profiles highlighting their leadership. Alumna Latesha Love-Grayer completed the Junior Summer Institute at the University of Michigan in 1999.

Latesha Love-Grayer embodies the values of responsibility, commitment, and leadership. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Government from Virginia State University and then went on to receive her M.P.P. in Public Administration from the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy.

Latesha's ability to lead teams through complex reviews and audits became not only obvious but refined during her 11 years as a Sr. Policy Analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. With a focus on homeland security, the economy, and catastrophic events, she gained valuable experience in data analytics as well.

 

"The Ford School taught me how to conduct and write analysis that is balanced, objective, direct, and above reproach."

It was not long before she became the Assistant Director of Forensic Audits and Investigations for the U.S. Government Accountability Office where she investigated areas of fraud, waste, and abuse. During this time, Latesha took on the added responsibility of Assistant Director over Operations, Forensic Audits, and Investigations. This role gave her an opportunity to exercise both her leadership and problem-solving skillset on behalf of operational and personnel matters within the GAO.

From there Latesha became the Acting Director of the International Affairs and Trade for the U.S. Government Accountability Office where her leadership continued to guide audits on U.S. aid and international issues of trade, crime, and security. By leading various team and agency initiatives, she also significantly contributed to the overall functioning of the Government Accountability Office helping to elevate both its integrity and efficiency. Through such concerted efforts, she now holds the position of Director in the International Affairs and Trade team for the U.S. Government Accountability Office of GAO which is responsible for analyzing and informing policy from a nonpartisan perspective to support Congressional decisions.

"I get to be the bi-partisan, fact-based, voice of reason whose only goal is to make our government and country better."

As she leads teams through audits of international concern in this position, Latesha maintains an eye for the big picture and is able to “see the interconnectedness between the well-being of all countries”. Her ability to think critically and ignite potential is creating millions of dollars in savings for federal programs and offering insight into impactful change in women’s rights and trade, democracy, human trafficking, and cybersecurity.

Latesha is addressing complex problems and organizing effective teamwork that is ushering in a more effective government. Her support and guidance are nurturing programs and policies that positively affect lives globally.

 

Thank you, Latesha for your wholehearted commitment to investigating and solving problems. With your ability to coordinate people and details, you are influencing and inspiring leadership in both individuals and governing bodies on behalf of far-reaching goals.

 

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