Alumni Association


At CGD, we like “Goodbye!” to mean “See you later!” The CGD Alumni Association—a informal network of former staff, interns and visiting fellowsoffers alumni a way to stay in touch with each other and CGD, and to strengthen the simple but powerful bond of our collective mission. Did we mention that the network can be a good way to find your next career opportunity—or to help a fellow alumni do the same? Unlike some other alumni associations, ours has no dues!

Alumni are invited to become active participants in the CGD Alumni Page on Linkedin.  We also send occasional newsletters that include Alumni Developments updates and an Aluminary profile. Questions? Suggestions for a future Alumnary profile? Got an update for the next Alumni Developments? Drop a note to CGD events manager Amanda Leverett, who does double duty as alumni coordinator.


Featured Aluminary: Katie Kampf

CGD’s first Aluminary of 2015 is Katie Kampf, who is now chief of staff to the assistant secretary for global affairs at the US Department of Health and Human Services. From 2009 to 2011, she was a program coordinator on CGD’s global health team. She worked most closely with Rachel Nugent and Amanda Glassman on the working groups on drug resistance and the 2010 leadership transition at the United Nations Population Fund and on the PopPov program focused on population, reproductive health, and economic development.

Katie credits her experience at the Center with introducing her to the DC development policy world and says that her time at CGD was instrumental in finding her current position. In 2011, the Office of Global Affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services was looking for someone to fill in while their senior advisor was on maternity leave. They found Katie through a recommendation from Rachel Nugent, and the rest is history: her three-month temp job turned into a three-and-a-half-year (and counting) career federal job.

Read Katie's full profile here.

For a list of past Aluminaries, see the Aluminary Archive.


Did You Know? Alumni Developments

Have news to share with CGD and alums? Please send your news and developments to Amanda Leverett.

  • Joselyn DiPetta, former CGD intern (2006), gave a recent TED Talk, “The Missing Piece in the Gender Equality Puzzle.”
  • Denizhan Duran, former research assistant (2011–13), was recently promoted to program manager for health financing at the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Lilongwe, Malawi. 
  • Dan Hammer, former research assistant (2008–10), is on leave from his PhD at UC Berkeley to serve as a presidential innovation fellow.  He works with NASA and the Office of Science and Technology Policy to make satellite imagery more open and accessible.  Dan and Robin Kraft (also a CGD alum) successfully launched Global Forest Watch at the World Resources Institute, where Dan is the Chief Data Scientist.  The project started at CGD under the guidance of David Wheeler, and has become the go-to source for near real-time information on forest loss.

For more Alumni updates, visit our Alumni Developments Archive.

If you are a CGD Alum and would like to connect with current and former colleagues at the Center, please join our LinkedIn Group or contact Amanda Leverett.