Project on Transitional Democracies

Craig Kennedy

Craig Kennedy has been president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) since 1995. GMF is a $225 million public charity based in Washington. GMF is an independent American organization created in 1972 as a permanent memorial to the Marshall Plan. The Fund's annual budget is almost $13 million and its endowment is over $220 million.

Mr. Kennedy began his career in 1980 as a program officer at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago. From 1983 to 1986, he was vice president of programs for Joyce. As president of the Joyce Foundation from 1986 to 1992, Mr. Kennedy built the Foundation's environmental program and launched a new program on U.S. immigration policy. Mr. Kennedy left the Joyce Foundation to work for Richard J. Dennis, a Chicago investor and philanthropist. During this same period, Mr. Kennedy created a consulting firm working with nonprofit and public sector clients including the City of Chicago and the Environmental Defense Fund.

Mr. Kennedy serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations including the Environmental Resources Trust, the LaSalle Adams Fund and New Profit Inc. He is also an independent trustee and chair of the audit committee for the open-end mutual funds of Van Kampen Investments.