Learning and Impact
Olivier Kamanda joined Knight Foundation in September 2017 as the director of learning and impact strategy. Previously, he served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow, where he led the creation of Code.gov, America’s platform for improving government software. Kamanda is the founder of Ideal Impact, a civic-tech startup that turns news into action for social impact. He was the editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy Digest, an online magazine aimed at engaging young Americans in international affairs. He has also ghostwritten several books on results-based accountability.
After serving as a speechwriter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Kamanda practiced investment funds law at White & Case LLP.
Kamanda 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 Halcyon Incubator Fellow, a Truman National Security Project Fellow and a winner of the French-American Foundation’s 2017 Young Leaders Award. Kamanda previously served as an elected Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
He is a retired trustee of Princeton University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in operations research and financial engineering. Kamanda earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.