Carolyn Kenney

Senior Policy Analyst, Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative


Carolyn Kenney

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Carolyn Kenney is a senior policy analyst for the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative on the National Security and International Policy team at American Progress. Most recently, Kenney served as the deputy director for Women, Peace, and Security (WPS) in the International Humanitarian Policy Directorate at the U.S. Department of Defense, where she earned the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. In this role, Kenney was lead author and coordinator of the department’s first-ever WPS implementation plan. She also helped oversee the WPS program at the strategic level, which included developing departmentwide policies on WPS, coordinating with the interagency, organizing regular outreach to stakeholders inside and outside government, and helping oversee the program’s $8.5 million budget. Prior to joining American Progress, Kenney worked at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, International Crisis Group, and Human Rights Watch. Kenney received her Master of Arts in international human rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and her Bachelor of Arts in international affairs from the University of Colorado Boulder.

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