ABOUT / HISTORY

Millennium Partners is a woman-owned small business certified by the US Small Business Administration.   The Principal owners of the company are Millennium International Consulting and Dr. Esther W. Hannon and Brian C. Hannon.  Millennium Partners is based in Charlottesville, Virginia and benefits from a close association with the University of Virginia.

Brian Hannon has over 28 years experience in international development has developed and managed over $250 million in fully funded USAID and other donor funded projects including numerous economic growth, democracy, health and IQC contracts.

Prior to 1995 he led the start-up of Booz Allen and Hamilton’s USAID business. There he managed large USAID privatization and economic reform programs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Previously, Mr. Hannon served at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he directed the Center for International Enterprise (CIPE) program for Eastern Europe and Soviet Union that was funded by the National Endowment for Democracy and USAID. Earlier in his career he served in the US Government for the USAID Administrator, Alan Woods co-authoring Development and the National Interest and also at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.  He also co-authored a chapter in Foreign Aid and the National Interest for the former USAID Administrator Andrew Natsios with Dr. Esther Hannon and Yung Whee Rhee in 2002.

Esther Hannon has worked in international development for over 25 years, specializing in democratic governance and human rights, Latin American politics and development, and rule of law. Her management experience includes projects involving good governance, civil society development, anti corruption and legal reform, human rights and access to justice. She has a PhD from the University of Virginia, where she has also taught numerous courses on international economic and political development, the politics of corruption, rule of law and development, and Latin American politics and economic development.

Millennium Partners has undertaken projects in every region of the world under rule of law, economic growth, and democracy and governance programs.  Since 2005, Millennium Partners has been awarded over $60 million in programs in Moldova, Kosovo, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Niger, Ecuador, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Liberia, and Benin, funded by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

Under USAID’s Rule of Law IQC Millennium Partners (through a new company Millennium DPI) has been awarded task orders in Sri Lanka, Bosnia, Kosovo and Moldova to strengthen the effectiveness and fairness of judiciaries  and increase access to justice for marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Millennium Partners is committed to building just societies that provide opportunities to all of its people by means of effective and accountable government institutions. Our approach does not forsake attention to detail for speed but recognizes that in a fast changing world the window for reform is often short and the need for results critical. From experience we have learned that results speak for themselves and are the key intangible ingredient that ensures momentum for continued reform.