Craig Kennedy is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute. Prior to joining Hudson, Kennedy served as president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States for 18 years.
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.
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 Richard M. Daley, Mayor of Chicago, on education and other policy areas.
Kennedy became President of 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 as well as adding over 100 staff members. In addition to work on US-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, Kennedy advises several nonprofit and for-profit entities on strategy and resource development. He also serves on the boards of First Solar, The US-Russia Foundation, and True North Venture Partners.
A native of Beresford, South Dakota, Kennedy received a Bachelor of Arts in Civilization Studies from The University of Chicago in 1974. In 1980, Kennedy completed a joint degree program, simultaneously acquiring both a Master of Arts in Social Work and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago.