Alumnae Profiles: Littane Bien-Aime, C'2009
Littane Bien-Aime was recently named the new economic officer for the U.S. Mission to the African Union. Bien-Aime joins a group of talented Foreign Services officers representing U.S. policies on the African continent. She will work with the African Union, the 54-member continental body that addresses political, peace and security, health, education, trade, investment, and continental integration related to free trade agreements and cross border trade.
Bien-Aime is a 2009 cum laude graduate of Spelman College, where she majored in economics.
At Spelman, the Cambridge, Mass., native maximized her opportunities both in and outside of the classroom, and abroad.
At Spelman, Bien-Aime received several awards, including the Spelman College DeWitt Dean’s Scholarship, the Lehman Brothers Ernest G. Green Scholarship, and the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. She was a member of the Golden Key and Phi Beta Delta International Honor Societies; interned for Lehman Brothers in New York City for two summers; and studied abroad in Accra, Ghana. She also served as president of the Eta Kappa Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
After graduating from Spelman, she worked full-time with Barclays Capital as a financial analyst with the U.S. Portfolio Strategy Group.
In 2010, she was named a Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow after a highly competitive nationwide contest.
The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service. As part of the Rangel Program, Bien-Aime also worked with a member of Congress on issues regarding foreign affairs.The U.S. Department of State later sent her overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service.
Bien-Aime credits her success to God, her family, and mentors, including Dr. Romie Tribble, chair of Spelman College’s economics department.