Craig Kennedy to step down March 31, 2014 as GMF president after 18 years of service
WASHINGTON (August 30, 2013) - After 18 years as the president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, Craig Kennedy will step down on March 31, 2014.
Kennedy led GMF in growing from a small grantmaking organization with around 20 employees to what GMF is today, a global think tank focused on bridging U.S.–European differences on foreign policy, economics, immigration, and the environment.
Kennedy also expanded GMF’s infrastructure throughout Europe and North Africa, opening new offices in Paris, Bratislava, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Tunis to complement the work being done in Washington and Berlin, in turn growing the staff to over 150 employees.
“It has been an honor for me to be a part of the growth and evolution of this remarkable institution and to work with so many talented people,” said Kennedy. “GMF is in a strong position right now with many creative and important programs that reach a global audience.”
Kennedy began his career in 1980 as a program officer at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago and grew to become the president of that organization. He left the Joyce Foundation to work for Richard J. Dennis, a Chicago investor and philanthropist and at the same time created a consulting firm working with nonprofit and public sector clients before coming to GMF in 1995.
After he leaves at the end of March, Kennedy will spend more time with True North Venture Partners, where he has been an advisory board member since 2011.
The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) strengthens transatlantic cooperation on regional, national, and global challenges and opportunities in the spirit of the Marshall Plan.
GMF does this by supporting individuals and institutions working in the transatlantic sphere, by convening leaders and members of the policy and business communities, by contributing research and analysis on transatlantic topics, and by providing exchange opportunities to foster renewed commitment to the transatlantic relationship.
In addition, GMF supports a number of initiatives to strengthen democracies. Founded in 1972 as a non-partisan, non-profit organization through a gift from Germany as a permanent memorial to Marshall Plan assistance, GMF maintains a strong presence on both sides of the Atlantic. In addition to its headquarters in Washington, DC, GMF has offices in Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Belgrade, Ankara, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Tunis. GMF also has smaller representations in Bratislava, Turin, and Stockholm.