The Honorable Constance Berry Newman


The Honorable Constance Newman Berry

Constance Berry Newman is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council's Africa Center.  She is also a faculty member of the Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders, co-founded and led by Dr. Barbara Williams Skinner. Newman is best known for her work addressing issues related to poverty and civil and human rights, as well as advancing democracy around the world.

From 2002 to 2005, Constance acted as President George W. Bush's G8 personal representative on Africa.  She also served as assistant secretary of state for African affairs from 2004 to 2005. As the assistant administrator for Africa at the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2001 to 2004, she oversaw the U.S. government's economic development in Africa and was a key participant in launching the African Education Initiative to expand children's access to basic education and increase the number of teachers, especially at the primary school level, across the continent. Throughout her career, Newman has held seven presidential appointments, five confirmed by the Senate, in both Republican and Democratic administrations.

Newman holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Bates College and a law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School. In 2012, Government Executive magazine selected Newman as one of the 20 all-time greatest civil servants.