Kenneth Bacon has served as president of Refugees International since
early 2001. An expert in international affairs and security issues, Mr.
Bacon has concentrated on expanding Refugees International's capacity to
promote more effective ways for the international community to meet the
needs of refugees and displaced people. Mr. Bacon is the co-chairman of
the Partnership for Effective Peace Operations, and he serves on the
boards of The American University in Cairo, Population Action
International and InterAction. He is an emeritus trustee of Amherst
College and the Folger Shakespeare Library and a member of the Council
on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic
Studies. He has published articles and op-ed pieces on humanitarian
issues in a number of publications, including The New York Times, The
Washington Post, the Boston Globe, The International Herald Tribune, The
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and World Policy Journal.
Prior to working at RI, Mr. Bacon was Assistant Secretary, Public
Affairs, at the U.S. Department of Defense and served as Pentagon
spokesman from 1994-2001. From 1969 to 1994, he was a reporter, editor and columnist for the Wall Street Journal based in Washington, DC. He received his BA from Amherst College and an MBA and MA in Journalism from Columbia University. He served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1968 to 1974.