ICAP Alumni Group
THERE HAVE BEEN 662 PARTICIPANTS IN ICAP over the 24 years it has been in place. Nearly all have had advanced degrees (Masters, JDs or PhDs), command of two or more languages and had 5 or more years of professional experience when they first became ICAP Fellows. Current employment of ICAP alumni is roughly similar in sector distribution to their distribution when recruited although there has been much movement across sectors and to more senior positions. At present, 56.0% are at middle to senior level positions in government, with the State Department (including 8 current or former Ambassadors) and USAID most heavily represented but many from Agriculture, the International Trade Commission, Labor, Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Government Accountability Office, the Center for Disease Control, Hill staff and others as well; 20.7% are in NGOs (including several executive directors) and foundations (including senior program officers); 9.2% are in the private sector (including a number of CEOs and other senior officers); 2.5% are in universities, educational or research institutions; and 1.8% are in state and local governments. The remaining 9.9% are independent consultants, in media or entertainment or in transition between positions.
The diversity of alumni in employment sectors ensures a wide range of perspectives on international issues and provides trusted and supportive individuals to whom alumni can turn for help on both personal and professional matters. Having senior Congressional staff, non-governmental leaders, private sector executives and officials from across governmental agencies as an on-going support group is invaluable.
Women have accounted for 66.2% of the total number of participants and men were 33.8%. 43.3% of the participants have identified as African-American, 27.0% have identified as Asian-American, 20.9% identified as Latinx-Americans, 1.1% identified as Native American/American Indians and 2.7% have identified as white participants. While applicants have not been asked this question, a significant number have self-identified with the LBGTQ+ community. This diversity ensures that the program is not focused only on the issues faced by a particular marginalized group but by problems of marginalization more broadly.
In short, the ICAP alumni group is an extraordinary pool of talented, credentialed and highly accomplished professionals ready to assume senior management and policy-making positions in government, non-profits and the private sector. The United States can have the high quality and diverse leadership it needs if we assist these professionals in achieving their potential.
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