Government relations & development expert joins Creative Associates International

Feb. 16, 2015—Global development expert and government affairs leader Timothy Kernan joins Creative Associates International as Director of Executive Operations, the global development company announced. (

An experienced executive in strategic management and building partnerships with the U.S. Agency for International Development, the State Department and Congress, Kernan will support Creative’s Washington, DC-based leadership as it continues to grow the company’s successful programs, maximizes support for beneficiaries and strengthens client relationships.

“Tim has the experience and passion that smart international development requires,” says Leland Kruvant, President of Creative. “He will be an asset for our staff, clients, implementing partners and, most of all, the communities we serve.”

Prior to joining Creative, Kernan was Chief of Staff and Senior Director of External Relations at Development Alternatives Inc., where he managed stakeholder relationships, particularly with USAID, on large-scale development projects from Afghanistan to Burma, Haiti and Jordan. Kernan also helped to launch the Council of International Development Companies, a voice of for-profit development organizations. ( In addition, he has extensive experience as a professional staff member in Congress.

As Managing Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, a coalition of more than 400 prominent organizations advocating increased funding for the U.S. international affairs budget, Kernan spearheaded a government relations plan that helped secure the approval by Congress of the largest increase in the U.S. international affairs budget in a decade.

“My prior experience working with USAID and other implementers has taught me one valuable lesson,” says Kernan. “It is the passion to improve the world, often in challenging locations, that serves as the common thread among all development stakeholders, whether you are donors, government officials or implementers. Understanding this basic principal, I believe, is essential for us to succeed in our mission.”

Kernan holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, as well as a Marketing Certificate from Columbia University.

About Creative Associates International

Creative Associates International works with underserved communities by sharing expertise and experience in education, economic growth, governance and transitions from conflict to peace.

Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has active projects in more than 15 countries. Since 1977, it has worked in nearly 90 countries and on almost every continent. Recognized for its ability to work rapidly, flexibly and effectively in conflict-affected environments, Creative is committed to generating long-term sustainable solutions to complex development problems.

Started by four enterprising women with diverse backgrounds, Creative has grown to become one of the leaders among the U.S. private sector implementers of global development projects. Creative is minority owned and operated.

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