Constance Berry Newman has had extensive experience in developing and managing policies and programs for the United States Government, the Government of the District of Columbia and organizations in the international arena.


At present, she is advising the African Development Foundation on establishing programs in Somalia. Also, she is the Special Counsel to the Carmen Group on African Affairs. Seven of the Federal government positions she has held were Presidential appointments, five required Senate confirmations. At Georgetown, she teaches courses on leadership. Her positions in the American Federal Government included: Director of the Office of Personnel Management; Assistant Secretary of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs in the Department of Housing and Urban Development; Vice Chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission; and Director of Vista. Also between 1992 and 2000 she was the Under Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. For the District of Columbia Government, Newman served on and was Vice Chair of the Control Board that managed the city’s government from 1994 to 2001. In the international arena Newman served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and Assistant Administrator for Africa at the United States Agency for International Affairs from 2001 to 2005. During that period she was the Personal Representative of the President of the United States to the G8 on Africa. She has also worked as a project director for the World Bank and as a member of the Board of the International Republican Institute monitoring election and democracy building activities in Nigeria, Ukraine, Russia, Kenya, Afghanistan, Liberia, Bangladesh and China. Newman is a graduate of Bates College in Government (A.B.) and the University Of Minnesota Law School (B.S.L.). She was a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Kennedy School, Harvard University, from 1979 to 1982.