Former USAID Official James Kunder joins GMF as a Senior Resident Fellow
WASHINGTON (May 19, 2009) - The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) announces today that James Kunder has joined GMF as a Senior Resident Fellow. The former Acting Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Devleopment (USAID), Kunder will advise GMF on the modernization of foreign assistance and the nexus between security and development as part of its Economic Policy Program.
"James' experience at USAID and his extensive knowledge on development and security will help GMF position its aid and development work on Afghanistan, Africa, and other fragile and post-conflict states," said GMF President Craig Kennedy.
Kunder joins GMF after serving as acting deputy administrator of USAID, the U.S. government organization responsible for administering the U.S. foreign assistance programs. He has extensive government and private sector experience in international development. Beginning in July 2004 at USAID, he served as assistant administrator for Asia and the Near East. Before that, he served as the deputy assistant administrator for Asia and the Near East (July 2002- July 2004) and the director for relief and reconstruction in Afghanistan (Jan.-May 2002).
From 1987 to 1991, Kunder was USAID deputy assistant administrator for external affairs. He then served as director of the Agency's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance from 1991 to 1993, and from 1993 to 1996, he was vice president for program development at Save the Children Federation, an international non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in the United States and around the world. In addition, Kunder has served as a legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives and senior transportation analyst for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He was an infantry platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1970 to 1973.
Kunder has published numerous articles on international humanitarian issues, peacekeeping, and crisis management, and holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a master's from Georgetown University.
As a GMF fellow, Kunder testified before the House Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization, and Procurement in April 2009. His testimony is available for download below:
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