Vice President and General Counsel
After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School, Michael served as a Peace Corps volunteer and worked as law professor at the University of Liberia. Following his work in Liberia, he returned to the U.S. to work on corporate finance issues New York City. He then joined the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) General Counsel’s office in Washington, where he served as an assistant general counsel and member of the Senior Executive Service. During his time with USAID, he spent time as a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, where he studied land policy issues and authored a book titled Land Acquisition in Developing Countries. Kitay has received numerous awards during his career, including a Distinguished Career Service Award and a Presidential Rank Award for being the “father” of USAID’s Development Credit Authority – a program that leverages private capital in developing countries for investments to advance USAID’s agenda.
After retiring from USAID, Kitay was the general counsel at Abt Associates Inc. before joining Plan International USA.
Michael lives in Washington, DC and Arizona with his wife, who is the deputy general counsel of the Surface Transportation Board. They have two daughters; one is a lawyer in New York and the other is an orthopedic surgeon. He has four young grandchildren.