David Devlin-Foltz

Vice President, Policy Programs and Director, Global Interdependence Initiative,
The Aspen Institute

David Devlin-Foltz directs the Global Interdependence Initiative (GII), a policy program of the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C. Since 1999, Mr. Devlin-Foltz has directed GII’s efforts to strengthen advocacy in the United States on global issues by helping organizations apply GII’s tools for effective message framing, planning and evaluation. Continuous Progress Strategic Services, a consulting practice associated with GII, builds on GII’s Evaluation Learning Group and its consultations with foreign policy advocates, foundations, and strategic communications specialists. Mr. Devlin-Foltz brings to GII and CPSS twenty years of experience in funding, managing and evaluating public education, international exchange and constituency building efforts in southern Africa and the United States. Before coming to the Aspen Institute in 1993, he worked for the Institute of International Education, the School for International Training and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Mr. Devlin-Foltz was responsible for Carnegie’s South African human rights grantmaking from 1984 to 1988, and continued to evaluate projects and proposals for Carnegie in the region for several years thereafter. Mr. Devlin-Foltz also devised Carnegie’s strategy for building public understanding in the U.S. of international development issues. His work for the Aspen Institute includes four years as the deputy director of the Pew Global Stewardship Initiative, an innovative grantmaking program aimed at building a broader constituency, especially among people of faith, for better U.S. policies addressing global resource consumption and population growth. The initiative helped build broad U.S. support for the watershed international consensus reached at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt, in 1994. A Peace Corps volunteer at the National University of Rwanda from 1979 to 1981, Mr. Devlin-Foltz has also taught or managed programs in France, Spain and Zimbabwe. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale College and holds graduate degrees from the Sorbonne and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.