Kerry Kennedy’s father, Robert F. Kennedy, was killed by an assassin in 1968. She is one of 11 children.
Kerry Kennedy has worked as a human rights activist since 1981 and has led over 40 human rights delegations to over 30 countries. Until 1995, she also served as executive director of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, a non-profit organization that addresses problems of social justice in the spirit of Robert Kennedy.
Two of her siblings died young. David Anthony Kennedy died of a drug overdose in 1984 at age 28 and Michael LeMoyne Kennedy died in a skiing accident in 1997 at age 39.
Kerry Kennedy wed Mr. Cuomo in 1990. Their marriage ended acrimoniously; the two separated in 2003 and were divorced in 2005. Kennedy is a graduate of Brown University and Boston College Law School.
Ms. Kennedy has been the Chair of the Amnesty International Leadership Council since January 1996. She was a director of Endeavor Acquisition Corp. from July 2005 to December 2007, a director of Victory Acquisition Corp. from January 2007 to April 2009 and a director of Triplecrown Acquisition Corp. from June 2007 to September 2009. Ms. Kennedy is presently a director of Grand Slam Acquisition Corp. (since October 2007), Four Square Capital Corp. (since September 2009) and Cullen Agricultural Holding Corp. (since October 2009). She also serves on the board of directors of the International Center for Ethics and Justice and Public Life at Brandeis University, Human Rights First, Inter-Press Service and the United States Institute for Peace. Ms. Kennedy wrote the New York Times best seller, Being Catholic Now, as well as Speak Truth to Power.more » « less