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Cinnamon Dornsife ('77)

Executive Director


Cinnamon Dornsife is currently Senior Advisor of the International Development Program at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the Director of the SAIS Foreign Policy Institute. Professor Dornsife leads learning initiatives in social entrepreneurship inside and outside the classroom and teaches courses on social entrepreneurship and the international financial institutions. She is a senior executive, negotiator, and advocate with 30 years' experience in international banking, economic development and foreign policy.


Dornsife is former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank. She has served in many high profile roles, including Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank, advisor for the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Acting Director and Senior Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins SAIS International Development Program. She has also been a consultant on development assistance and policy issues for a wide variety of think tanks, nonprofits, and private sector firms. She spent more than a decade serving the Asia Foundation in several senior positions at headquarters, heading the Washington, D.C. office and in the field office in Indonesia. She has also worked with the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership, Pathfinder International, Forest Trends, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.


She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Abt Associates and Board of Advisers for the Asian Development Bank Institute, Devex, the United States-Indonesia Society, and United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. She delivered keynote address on "What's New in International Development?" at the 2011 International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy in the United States.; has offered congressional testimony; and has been an expert reviewer for the Asian Development Bank Institute CD-ROM series on sustainable development and civil society.


Dornsife holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematics from Emory University and an M.A. in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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