Kerry Halferty Hardy is currently the Chief Development Officer at the American Hospital of Paris and has extensive experience in the nonprofit sector, more particularly in development, nonprofit metrics, fundraising, and strategic planning. She was previously Director of Development at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS) at the Johns Hopkins University, and worked at the startup phase as the managing director of Altermind, a strategic consulting company with a classical liberal orientation. Prior to her work at AICGS, Kerry was employed at the Cato Institute, and has worked in various positions that included an electrical power project in South America, a stint as an assistant in the Texas Legislature, as well as in a patent law firm.
Kerry currently serves on the board of the Institut de Formation Politique (IFP), the board of the Institute for Economic Studies Europe (IESE), and the pastoral council of St. Joseph's church. She is an invited member of the Comité Paris-Chicago and served on the planning committee for the Liberty Ball (formerly known as the Capitalist Ball) in Brussels. In the past, her interest in technology and innovation led her to build her own computer and serve on the board of the Technology Advisors Group in Austin, Texas, and the planning committee of the Women’s High Tech Coalition in Washington, DC. Faithful to her Lone Star roots, she is also a member of the Texas State Society and a Texas-Ex.
She participates in the Women’s Working Group at the American Chamber of Commerce in Paris, was a panelist at a symposium “Femmes 2012 : la reconnaissance des femmes dans la société française” (Women 2012 : the recognition of women in French society), served on the Paris planning board for the European Association for Philanthropy and Giving, annually attends the Renaissance Weekend conference as out-loud-and-proud libertarian, and is a member of both the Association Française des Fundraisers and the American Healthcare Philanthropy association. She is often invited to speak on topics related to the nonprofit sector, including as a guest lecturer at the Université Paris-Dauphine.
Kerry received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and obtained her Master of Science in Management, with an emphasis on Nonprofit and Association Management, from the University of Maryland University College. She speaks French, German, and Spanish, as well as Texan.more » « less