Kerri Kennedy is the Associate General Secretary for International Programs at AFSC, where she oversees operations in 17 countries. She worked with AFSC offices internationally and in the U.S. to develop the global shared security program. Shared security is an effort to understand, prevent and resolve violent conflicts, build internal capacity to advocate for political and diplomatic solutions, and identify early warning and conflict reduction practice and policies within the international policy community. She is an executive and strategist with two decades of experience leading organizations in conflict zones, post conflict states, and in disaster relief/recovery efforts. Kerri has expertise in peace and security, conflict response and prevention, social change strategies, advocacy, and rights-based governance and policy. She has worked in 50+ countries, leading organizations and teams in high risk, volatile environments.
Previously, Kerri served as executive director for Women's Campaign International, a global nonprofit that works to increase and supports women to lead in politics, peacebuilding, and the private sector. Other positions include: director of a strategic management and communications consulting firm, manager for Mercy Corps' Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief and Recovery Program, and parliamentary strengthening director.
Kerri was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga, produced two documentary films, and founded Represent, a Political Action Committee which supports progressive women candidates in Pennsylvania. She has an M.S. in international development management. Kerri is the vice-chair of the board for Alliance for Peacebuilding, a Truman National Security Fellow, and the co-editor of the book, Indivisible: Global Leaders for Shared Security.
She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.