Friday, June 27, 2014

Women in Think Tanks

Today the German Marshall Fund (GMF) co-hosted an event titled "Advancing Women in the Think Tank Sector" along with the other nine members of the Think Tank Diversity Consortium (TTDC).

Besides GMF, the other founding members of TTDC are: Aspen Institute, Brookings Institution, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP), CNA Corporation, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Joint Center on Political and Economic Studies, Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), UN Foundation, and the Urban Institute.

Gender diversity has become a hot topic among the think tank community, as 42 of the top 50 think tanks in the US are headed by men.  Women leadership among TTDC members is stronger.

Here is a short video discussing more about TTDC's goals.  The founder of TTDC is Lois Rice of the Brookings Institution.

In related news on women in think tanks, Karen Donfried, former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for European Affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), started her new job as President of GMF in April.  The GMF Board of Trustee announced in February that it has unanimously elected Donfried to be GMF's next president.

Donfried is no stranger to GMF.  She first joined the think tank in 2001.  Her second term of service at GMF was 2005 to 2010, first as senior director of policy programs and then as executive vice president.  A reception was held in May to honor her new appointment.  This week, there was a welcome reception for Donfried at GMF's new Berlin office.

Former GMF president Craig Kennedy stepped down March 31, 2014 after 18 years at the helm of the think tank.