Craig Kennedy has been president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) since 1995. Under Kennedy’s leadership, GMF has focused its activities on bridging U.S.-European differences on foreign policy, economics, immigration and integration, and domestic policy. Toward this effort, he has provided GMF with a strong infrastructure throughout Europe, opening new offices in Paris, Bratislava, Brussels, Belgrade, and Ankara to complement the work being done in Washington and Berlin. He has also supported several substantial new projects that strengthen the organization’s public policy efforts, including Transatlantic Trends, an annual survey of American and European public opinion.
Kennedy began his career in 1980 as a program officer at the Joyce Foundation in Chicago. He became Vice President of Programs in 1983 and, as President from 1986 to 1992, he built the foundation’s environmental activities and launched a program on U.S. immigration policy. Kennedy left the Joyce Foundation to work for Richard J. Dennis, a Chicago investor and philanthropist. During this same period, he created a consulting firm working with nonprofit and public sector clients.