Kerri Kennedy, Associate General Secretary for International Programs at AFSC, has 18 years of experience managing international development and emergency response programs in areas of conflict and post conflict environments with a focus on inclusive governance systems, civic education and advocacy campaigns, gender, and rights-based policy development.
Previously, Kerri served as Executive Director for Women's Campaign International, a global nonprofit that works to increase the number of women leaders and supports them to lead in politics, peacebuilding, and the private sector. Other positions include: Director of Development for a strategic management and communications consulting firm, manager for Mercy Corps' Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief and Recovery Program, and Parliamentary Strengthening Director.
She has produced two documentary films, facilitated strategic plans, conducted country and political assessments, created advocacy and civic education campaigns for public and private sector clients, developed human rights curricula, and trained leaders, political candidates, and elected officials around the world.
She was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga. She has worked in more than 40 countries including Liberia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Timor Leste to support women in Parliament, multi-party democracy systems, and peace building processes.
She holds a B.A. in sociology and a M.S. degree in international development management with an emphasis in post-conflict reconstruction. She is a currently Truman Security Fellow and has been awarded a NSEP Boren Fellowship, a Center for Political Leadership Political Fellowship, and the Rising Star Award by the Philadelphia Business Journal. She speaks Tongan and Tetum.
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