Kathleen Newland
Director of Migrants, Migration, and Development and Refugee Protection Programs Member of the Board of Trustees

Kathleen Newland is co-founder and a Trustee of the Migration Policy Institute, where she directs policy programs on Migrants, Migration and Development; and Refugee Protection. She also serves as the founding director of the International diaspora Engagement alliance (IdEA). Prior to founding MPI in July 2001, she co-directed the International Migration Policy Program at the Carnegie Endowment. Earlier, she was a Lecturer in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics (1988-92), and Special Assistant to the Rector of the United Nations University (1982-87). She has worked as a consultant to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Labor Organization, the Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and the World Bank. Currently, she is an Overseer (and Chair of the Advocacy Committee) of the International Rescue Committee, sits on the Boards of the Foundation for The Hague Process on Refugees and Migrants, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), the Stimson Center, and USA for UNHCR. She is Chair Emerita of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Ms. Newland is author or editor of eight books and 18 shorter monographs as well as numerous book chapters, policy papers and articles. She holds a Bachelors Degree from Harvard University, a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and did additional graduate work at the London School of Economics.