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Kevin Sutherland

Kevin Sutherland, an alumnus of the American University School of Public Affairs, was known for his love of politics and policy. The Trumbull, Connecticut native left his mark on AU as a two-term secretary of the student government, an advocate for liberal causes, and a kind and passionate friend to many. Diving into life in Washington, Kevin interned for U.S. Representative Jim Himes and after graduation, worked for New Blue Interactive, a digital strategy firm that helps Democratic candidates' fundraising programs.

Kevin was a valued member of the community and a rising star in political strategy. The AU community is fortunate to have known him and hopes to honor his life by helping other students pursue their passion for public service just as Kevin did during his time at AU.

In the wake of Kevin's tragic death on July 4, 2015, family and friends are honoring his life through a memorial fund established at American University.

DC Through the Lens

In addition to his interests in public affairs and politics, Kevin Sutherland was an avid and talented photographer. Many of his photographs are on display in SPA's Ward Circle Building at American University. You can also see his work in the video below: DC Through the Lens.

For questions, please contact Lee Holsopple, assistant vice president, University Programs at You can also learn more about donating to the memorial funds or purchasing photos by Kevin Sutherland by emailing

Memorial Fund

The Kevin Joseph Sutherland Memorial Fund was established by Kevin's family and close friends to provide scholarships to AU students.

Give to the Memorial Fund