Craig Kennedy is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. Prior to joining Hudson, Mr. Kennedy served as president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States for 18 years.
Mr. Kennedy began his career in 1980 as a program officer at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago and became the president of that organization in 1986. At Joyce, he developed new program areas on environmental policy and education reform. In both cases, Joyce became a recognized regional and national leader within the foundation community.
Mr. Kennedy left the Joyce Foundation in 1992 to work for a Chicago investor and philanthropist, and at the same time created a consulting firm working with nonprofit and public sector clients. During that time, he served as an advisor to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley on education and other policy areas.
Mr. Kennedy became president of the German Marshall Fund (GMF) in 1995. During his 18 years at that organization, he increased significantly its size and influence within the transatlantic community. Over that period, GMF created five new offices in Europe and added over 100 staff members. In addition to work on U.S.-European security and foreign policy, he also developed innovative programs on Asia, the South Atlantic, and urban policy. He received honors from the governments of Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Poland, Romania, and Latvia for his contributions to transatlantic relations.
In addition to his work at Hudson, Mr. Kennedy advises several nonprofit and for-profit entities on strategy and resource development. He also serves on the boards of First Solar, the U.S.-Russia Foundation, and True North Venture Partners.
A native of Beresford, South Dakota, Mr. Kennedy received a B.A. in civilization studies from the University of Chicago in 1974. In 1980, Mr. Kennedy completed a joint degree program, simultaneously acquiring both an M.A. in social work and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.