Olivier Kamanda is the director of learning and impact strategy at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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 term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of directors of the Equal Rights Center and the Landon School. He is a former trustee of Princeton University, and a former chair of the Dulles Justice Coalition, which provides rapid response information services to travelers and immigrants.
He is a Halcyon Incubator Fellow, a Truman National Security Project Fellow. Olivier previously served as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C. 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 Engineering from Princeton University and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.