|Name||Stacey E. Plaskett|
, U. S. Virgin Islands , United States
|| May 13, 1964
Dec 29, 2016 10:29pm
|Info||Stacey Plaskett has worked for the last 5 years as the General Counsel for the US Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority, where she has provided advice and counsel to the Government of the Virgin Islands to incentivize economic development through loans and guarantees to small businesses, bond issuance, tax incentive packages, and public-private partnerships, both locally and globally. The Economic Development Authority is currently working with renewed energy to drive economic growth in the territory by bringing new businesses, jobs, and tools for the development of projects and ideas to fruition – to find new opportunities for all of our families and friends. She assisted in the development and drove the implementation of tax increment financing in the Virgin Islands, a project finance tool that brought Home Depot to St. Croix and can be used for other mixed use developments that bring public-private partnerships to reality. |
Stacey received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and her law degree from the American University. Her first job out of undergraduate school was working in the office of the Honorable Ron de Lugo and then with the lobbying arm of the American Medical Association. Immediately after law school she was a prosecutor in the Bronx, New York. Stacey prosecuted several hundred cases and served as a prosecutor in the Narcotics division handling undercover and long term narcotic operation prosecution, giving her a first hand understanding of crime, its deterrence, and its effects on communities. Ms. Plaskett also served as Counsel on the U.S. House of Representatives, House Ethics Committee, investigating misconduct by and offering advice to Members of Congress and outside groups. She was involved in assisting other countries develop Ethics laws for public officials. She was a Presidential appointee to the Department of Justice, ultimately serving as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General. At her time at Justice she was the highest ranking woman of African descent. As an assistant to the DAG, the COO of the Department of Justice with responsibility for 9,000 attorneys, Stacey assisted in preparing the $28 billion budget for Congress, setting the parameters for determining compensation for families of the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, drove the development of a diversity program for Justice Department lawyer hiring, and was responsible for the federal RICO case against the tobacco companies (the largest civil litigation matter in U.S. history), US v. Phillip Morris, et.al.
In the private sector Stacey was Deputy General Counsel with United Health Group. There she managed the day to day legal work for a division of the Fortune 50 Company, AmeriChoice, which handled Medicare and Medicaid and government assistance programs, and assisted in the merger and integration of multistate plans. The premise of AmeriChoice was that providing healthcare management and preventative medicine was better care for patients and was profitable business. Ms. Plaskett has worked as a management consultant and later served as in house counsel with an offshoot of McKinsey & Co., the Mitchell Madison Group, where she consulted to primarily financial services companies in projects such as increasing market value by $10 billion, strategic alliances and joint ventures, cost-benefit analysis for the Federal Reserve Bank, analysis of a multibillion dollar acquisition, and evaluations.
Ms. Plaskett is committed to being invested in her community through service on numerous educational and non-profit boards. That service began as a child and continued through high school, through Georgetown University, where she was involved at the national level of the anti-apartheid movement, school access and African diaspora politics, through law school, and beyond. Stacey is a member of the Church Council for Lord God of Sabaoth Lutheran Church in Christiansted. She is also on the Board of Trustees of the Lutheran Social Services and is the Vice-Chair of the St. Croix Landmarks Society. She has served on the Board of the Good Hope School and as Chairman of the Caribbean Museum Art Center in Frederiksted, St. Croix. She served for 10 years on the Board of Trustees of Choate Rosemary Hall, where she was recruited as A Better Chance Scholar and was president of her class for several years. She has been on the board of other non-profit organizations including the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of the Greater Washington DC area and the African Judicial Network. Ms. Plaskett was a founding member of the African American Woman’s Fund of the Twenty First Century Foundation. Ms. Plaskett also provided counsel in the development and sat on the Board of Turning Point School, which became one of the first charter schools in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Stacey has received many awards, including a Congressional Recognition award. She regularly speaks to groups, particularly young people (in person and on radio and television) and has addressed the United Nations General Assembly. She has received certification from: Yale University School of Management mini-MBA program, Euromoney Training in Finance for Lawyers, the Council of Development Finance tax increment financing and bond financing courses, and the International Economic Development Council studies on Economic Development.
She is married to Jonathan Buckney-Small, who is a Virgin Islander involved in community outreach professionally and as a volunteer. They live in Frederiksted and are the parents of five children; Jeremiah (a premed student at the University of the Virgin Islands), Christian (an architecture and engineering student at Lehigh University), Ariel (pursuing a career in acting), and Israel and Taliah.