Kimberly Cernak is the Senior Director for Global Policy and Advocacy at 1,000 Days and brings a decade of experience in global health and international development policy and advocacy to the position.
Previously, Kim spent two years as the Deputy Director of Friends of the Global Fight, where she provided leadership, direction, oversight and coordination in the day-to-day operations of the organization’s policy, communications and development efforts. Prior to this role, Kim spent six years at USAID and the Department of State, most recently serving as Deputy Director of USAID’s Policy Office. In this position, she worked to define and shape the agency’s policy agenda, including by overseeing efforts around ending extreme poverty, the post-2015 development agenda, and key issues of national security and foreign policy. Additionally, Kim served as the Development Advisor to the Special Representative for Burma at the Department of State, where she formulated and implemented a development assistance strategy for the U.S. government’s programs in Burma. In 2010, Kim held the position of Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary of State Jacob J. Lew, serving as an advisor and representing the Deputy Secretary on a wide range of policy issues, including overall policy direction and development of the Global Health Initiative and strategic issues related to the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator.
Before her time in the federal government, Kim worked with community organizations in New Orleans, Thailand, and Indonesia. She is a fellow of the Truman National Security Project.