Advisory Council Member
James Kunder is Principal at Kunder/Reali Associates, an Alexandria, Virginia-based consulting firm, specializing in international development, post-conflict reconstruction and civil-military relations. Concurrently, he serves as an Affiliated Expert at The Lugar Center, in Washington, D.C., and as a Member of the Executive Committee of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network.
From 2014 to 2015, working with Palladium, Kunder led a major evaluation project for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Intelligence and Research, examining whether U.S. government programs attempting to counter violent extremism abroad were achieving their objectives.
Kunder has extensive government and private sector experience managing international development, relief and reconstruction programs. From 2006 to 2009, he served as Acting Deputy Administrator of USAID, the U.S. government organization responsible for administering the U.S. foreign assistance program in ninety nations. Previously at USAID, he served as Assistant Administrator for Asia and the Near East, Director for Relief and Reconstruction in Afghanistan, Deputy Assistant Administrator for External Affairs, and Director of the Agency's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance.
In the private sector, Kunder was Vice President for Program Development at Save the Children Federation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in the United States and around the world. Previously, he served as Director of Marketing for Widmer Engineering, a Pennsylvania-based engineering firm.
He has also served as a Legislative Director in the U.S. House of Representatives, and was a candidate for Congress in Pennsylvania’s Fourth Congressional District. Prior to his service on Capitol Hill, he was on active military duty as an infantry platoon commander in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Kunder has a B.A. from Harvard University in American Government and an M.A. in international relations from Georgetown University. He pursued doctoral studies in international relations at The George Washington University. He currently teaches at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, at USAID, and at the Marine Corps University. He has authored numerous publications on international humanitarian issues, reconstruction, peacekeeping and crisis management.
Kunder lives in Alexandria, Virginia, with his family.