Executive Director, Center for International Policy & Innovation
Kendra Gaither joined Carnegie Mellon University in March 2008 as Executive Director of the Center for International Policy and Innovation (CIPI). In this capacity, she manages the Center’s activities, including seminar series, international conferences and partnerships, publishing, grants, and professional development activities for students pursuing careers in international affairs.
Most recently, Gaither spearheaded the publication of an edited conference volume, Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa. The volume resulted from the Conference on Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa, held in Ghana, which CIPI organized in 2010.
An alumna of the prestigious Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, Gaither began her career in international affairs at the U.S. Department of State where she spent more than 10 years as a career diplomat and civil servant, specializing in international economic and trade issues in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Gaither holds a B.S. in Economics from North Carolina A&T State University where she was a Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholar. She continues to play an active role with the foundation as a member of the JRF Alumni Association and as the volunteer chair for the JRF Mid-Atlantic Regional Scholar Advisory Committee. Gaither also holds an M.A. in International Affairs and an MBA in International Business Finance from The George Washington University. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.