Olivier Kamanda is the director of learning and impact at the Knight Foundation and Founder of Ideal Impact
He was previously the director of Code.gov, America’s platform for sharing and improving government software. Since early 2016, Olivier has also served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow. He is the founder of Ideal Impact, a civic-tech company that measures the emotional impact of news by giving readers an opportunity to volunteer, donate, advocate and support causes in real time.
Prior to Ideal Impact, Olivier served as a speechwriter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Olivier practiced law as an investment funds attorney at White & Case LLP, representing investment managers in establishing private equity, real estate and hedge funds in emerging markets. He is also the founder and former executive editor of Foreign Policy Digest, an online magazine aimed at engaging young Americans in international affairs.
Olivier is a member of the board of directors of the Equal Rights Center, a 30-year old civil rights organization working to eliminate unlawful and unfair discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. He is the chair of the Dulles Justice Coalition, which provides rapid response information services to travelers and immigrants, and is a member of the board of trustees at Landon School. Olivier has also served on the board of trustees of Princeton University.
He is a former sous-chef at Miriam’s Kitchen, a homeless services organization based in DC and a partner to The Way Home Campaign to end chronic homelessness. Olivier was named one of D.C.’s “Most Influential Leaders Under 40” by Washington Life Magazine in 2015.
Olivier earned his bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Financial Engineering from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.