Kathleen Newland is a senior associate and co-director of the Migration Policy Institute, an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit think tank dedicated to the study of the movement of people worldwide. Her work focuses on refugee protection, international humanitarian response, and migration management. Previously, she was with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace where she co-directed the International Migration Policy Program from 1994 to 2001. She chairs the board of directors of the Women’s Commission for Refugee Women and Children and sits on the board of the International Rescue Committee.
Before joining the Carnegie Endowment, Newland was an independent consultant for such clients as the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Bank, and the office of the secretary-general of the United Nations. She wrote the first "State of the World's Refugees" report for UNHCR, which has become the organization's flagship biennial publication. From 1988 to 1992, Newland lectured at the London School of Economics, becoming a full-time member of the international relations faculty in 1990. She also co-founded and directed Humanitas, an educational trust dedicated to increasing awareness of international humanitarian issues. From 1982 to 1987, she was special assistant to the rector of the United Nations University in Tokyo.
Newland is a graduate of Harvard University and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She is married to journalist Jurek Martin who has participated in the Conference on World Affairs for most of the past 20 years.