Constance Berry Newman is Special Counsel for African Affairs at the Carmen Group and Consultant on Somalia to the African Development Foundation. She has served seven different Presidential appointments and has extensive experience managing public and private organizations. Her international service includes work in Afghanistan, Liberia, Ukraine, Russia, China and many African countries. Constance has worked to build partnerships between African governments, non-governmental organizations and multi-national corporations in an effort to support African ownership and participation in development initiatives.
From 2004-2005, Constance served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. She acted as the President’s G8 personal representative on Africa, played an advisory role to the Secretary of State and guided the operation of the U.S. diplomatic establishment in the countries of Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2001, she was sworn in as the Assistant Administrator for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development and lead efforts to administer economic and humanitarian assistance in Africa. Between 1971 AND 1973, Newman served as the Director of VISTA which along with the Peace Corps was a part of ACTION. In the period 2000-2001, she worked for the Peace Corps assisting in the recruitment and selection of Country Directors.
Constance has also served as:
President and Executive Director of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund
Constance was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. She graduated from Bates College with a political science degree and earned her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.