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2018 GHC Board of Directors Ballot

GHC Board Members Standing for Reelection

John M. Ariale
Member of Membership and Development Committees

John Ariale joined Cloakroom Advisors as a Principal in 2014. John came to Cloakroom with nearly 30 years of senior level experience in congressional relations, legislative politics and advocacy. He brings a comprehensive knowledge of the intricate and complex details of the appropriations process to our practice with policy expertise in the areas of effective foreign assistance, international relations, defense, the foreign assistance framework, global development, global health, homeland security, defense and financial services.

John launched the Center for Effective Foreign Assistance (CEFA), a 501(c)(3) in 2015 and currently serves as the organization’s President. The Center is a coalition of stakeholders working towards the goal of advancing U.S. leadership in promoting effective, efficient and transparent development assistance that leads to economic growth, security, global health advancements, and poverty reduction around the world. CEFA focuses on the following nine core areas: Aid Effectiveness, Food Security, International Security, Global Health, International Conservation, Humanitarian Assistance, Poverty Reduction, Education, and Economic Growth and Trade.

Prior to joining Cloakroom, John served as Congressman Ander Crenshaw’s Chief of Staff and his Appropriations Associate, the Member’s liaison to the House Committee on Appropriations, working extensively on the portfolio of issues under the jurisdiction of the Subcommittees on State, Foreign Operations from 2000 – 2013.

During his tenure on the Hill, John developed legislative proposals to reform international food aid, the United Nations, and reform the evaluation, accountability, and transparency reporting of foreign assistance. He created, developed and coordinated the activities of the Congressional Caucus on Effective Foreign Assistance and implemented all policy briefings and programmatic activities for that caucus as well as the Congressional Nepal Caucus, the International Conservation Caucus and the Congressional Malaria Caucus.

In June of 2017, John joined the Board of Directors of the Global Health Council (GHC), the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide.


Nasserie Carew
Member of the Membership and Nominating Committees

Nasserie Carew is currently Director of Global Communications & Office of Public Affairs at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). In this role, she is responsible for the agency’s worldwide communications strategy and execution, including media relations, employee communications, and thought-leadership communications. BBG is a U.S. federal agency that oversees the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting.

Nasserie joined the BBG from the U.S. Department of State, where she served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs and led communications in the State Department’s Ebola Coordination Unit (ECU). Prior to that she served as the Managing Director of Public Affairs at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she managed a broad range of communications functions, working with leadership in the White House and across government agencies.

A veteran of issues management, Nasserie has led international and national strategic communications for over 20 years. Nasserie is a member of the Global Health Council’s board of directors and has served on numerous advisory committees including the advisory body of the World Congress on Communication for Development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree from Howard University.


Jared (Jed) Hoffman
Secretary; Member of the Development and Nominating Committees

Jared (Jed) M. Hoffman is the Vice President for Resource Development and Management in the International Programs Group of World Vision – US, leading a team of technical advisors, program management officers, senior business development officers and grant development specialists in the design and management oversight of a diverse portfolio of ongoing development programs in Africa, Latin America, eastern Europe and the Middle East and East / South Asia funded by USG agencies, multilaterals such as the World Food Program and the Global Fund, and major foundations. He has executive supervision for multi-country initiatives such as the CORE Polio Eradication Program, the All Child Reading and the MOMENT Family Planning programs, supported by USAID and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Prior to joining World Vision, Mr. Hoffman lived and worked in Latin America and Africa for 25 years, carrying out archival research, working as a journalist, and supervising grass-roots development and relief programs. As Global Chief of Party for the AIDSRelief PEPFAR Track 1.0 Emergency Scale-up of anti-retroviral treatment program, he led a consortium of 6 implementing organizations (Catholic Relief Services, Children’s AIDS Fund, Catholic Medical Mission Board, IMA-World Health, Institute for Human Virology of the University of Maryland-Institute for Human Virology, and The Futures Group), and over 300 local partner organizations supporting durable clinical outcomes for 450,000 patients in 9 countries in Africa and the Caribbean. As Regional Director for Catholic Relief Services’ development and relief programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Hoffman provided executive leadership to 12 country offices and 7 outreach programs in the Americas. The regional director responsibilities followed 15 years as Country Representative for CRS programs in Peru, Central Africa, Mexico, and Guatemala.

Mr. Hoffman was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar carrying out research in economic and social history in central Peruvian Highlands, a freelance journalist in Lima, Peru specializing in economic themes, and a Research Specialist for the University of Wisconsin California Condor Project supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Department. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and History from Denison University, a Masters of Arts Degree in Ibero-American Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters of Arts Degree in International Policy and Practice from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University.


Michele Sumilas
GHC Board Member  

Michele manages the daily operations of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute and assists the president in directing their overall strategies. She has extensive, successful experience as a manager. Before joining Bread, she worked at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), including as chief of staff. While at USAID, Michele played a key role in the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis. USAID is a 10,000-person government agency with 13 bureaus in Washington, D.C., and 75 missions around the world. Michele previously served on the House of Representatives’ appropriations subcommittee on state and foreign operations, where she oversaw the U.S. government’s development policy and budget. Prior to serving in government, Sumilas worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led a global health advocacy portfolio. She also served as the director of government relations for the Global Health Council.


New Proposed Members

Anthony Brown
Senior Legal Counsel, Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance

Anthony Brown is Senior Legal Counsel with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. With Gavi since 2005, as an innovative and solutions-oriented lawyer, Anthony advises on the range of issues affecting a global health partnerships with over 9 billion in financing over its 5-year strategic period. He has been instrumental in the set up and operations of Gavi’s innovative financing mechanisms that have helped Gavi mobilize and channel more funding to immunization programmes in low income countries and achieve predictability in funding streams. He co-led projects to increase efficiencies of Gavi’s governance and operational structure. And as a business partner to Gavi’s country programme team, he works with his clients to ensure maximum use of Gavi investments. From 2015 – 2016, Anthony was on a secondment with the CGIAR System Organization, a global agricultural research partnership, where, as Acting General Counsel, he helped lead a major governance transition. Collaborating with Government funders and implementing partners, he also developed the organization’s new partnership financing agreements. Previous to Gavi, Anthony worked with a litigation law firm and he started his career in New York with the strategy consulting firm of Booz Allen & Hamilton. Anthony is a graduate of Columbia College and earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and his M.B.A. from the Wharton School.


Pape Gaye
President and CEO, IntraHealth International

Pape Gaye is a native of Senegal and a lifelong advocate for health workers, strong health systems, and access to health care for all.

Under his leadership as president and CEO of IntraHealth International, the organization has made human resources for health a crucial part of the worldwide conversation on global health. Gaye draws on three decades of leadership in international health and development as he oversees work in around 40 countries to strengthen their health workforces and health systems.

During his watch, IntraHealth has led two of the US government’s flagship human resources for health projects (the Capacity Project and CapacityPlus) and established official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO). Gaye has long advocated for a greater focus on the health workforce. In May 2016 at the World Health Assembly, the WHO and member states responded to such advocacy efforts with the first-ever global health workforce strategy, Workforce 2030.

Gaye is a frequent international speaker on issues related to capacity-building and the global health workforce. In the United States, his testimony on Capitol Hill during a 2014 Ebola-focused congressional hearing brought the role of frontline health workers to the fore. As a panelist during the White House Global Summit in July 2016, he urged the incoming US president to focus on international aid and human resources for health as powerful investments in our shared future. His editorials appear regularly in the Huffington Post, Devex, and other media outlets.

Partnership, Gaye believes, is essential. He forges strong collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders—from ministries of health to private-sector partners to local health workers—to meet the enormous health challenges we face in low- and middle-income countries.

Gaye began his career with the US Peace Corps, and went on to work with the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Committee and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before his appointment as CEO at IntraHealth, he led the organization’s regional office for West, Central, and North Africa.

Gaye holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of California at Los Angeles. His board and advisory services include the Center for African Family Studies, Duke University’s Global Health Institute, Financing for Development, Gillings Global Gateway at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, InterAction, Nourish International, the Reproductive Health NGO CEO working group, the Triangle Global Health Consortium, and Speak Up Africa.


Amy Israel
Global Health Thought Leadership & Policy Director, Eli Lilly and Company

Amy Israel is the Global Health Thought Leadership & Policy Director at Eli Lilly and Company and has been with the company since 2012. The Lilly Global Health Partnership develops person-centered models to expand access to care and improve outcomes closer to the primary level in resource-limited settings, for diabetes and cancer. Israel brings evidence and data generated from the Lilly Global Health Partnership models of care to broader regional and international audiences for replication and policy change. Prior to this role, Israel led the Lilly Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Partnership on behalf of the Lilly Foundation.

Israel has nearly 20 years of experience designing and implementing programs for at-risk communities in health with governments and NGOs in North and Central America, Eastern Europe, Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa. Examples of her former work include designing women’s micro-enterprises in Mexico, coordinating a network of 50 organizations addressing health and homelessness in Toronto, supporting young incarcerated people in Detroit, and designing access to housing and health strategies and programs for immigrant communities.

She has held numerous committee and advisory roles with entities such as the Private Sector Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the NCD Alliance, the NCD Roundtable, and WHO Global TB Programme.

Israel holds a Master of Social Work in Community Organizing from the University of Michigan and is based in Geneva.


Susan Polan
Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy, American Public Health Association (APHA)

Susan L. Polan, Ph.D., is the associate executive director for public affairs and advocacy with the American Public Health Association. She oversees the Association’s departments of government relations, affiliate affairs, communications and marketing and membership services. She is responsible for planning and directing APHA’s legislative, regulatory and legal activities, communicating those initiatives and Association news to members and the public, APHA’s Get Ready campaign, Generation Public Health and overseeing membership recruitment and retention and Affiliate, Caucus and Section relations.

Prior to joining APHA, Polan worked as the director of government relations at the Trust for America’s Health, a public health advocacy organization. There, she served as lead staff lobbyist to Congress, federal agencies and the administration on priority issues, including public health infrastructure development, chronic disease prevention and where she advocated for new funding for a nationwide health tracking network.

Polan has more than two decades of experience in public health, government relations and associations. She has drafted legislation for Senate consideration on tobacco control and Safe and Drug Free Schools as an American Association for Advancement of Science Congressional science and technology fellow for the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. She served as director of federal government relations at the American Cancer Society and as president and senior advisor of Partnership for Prevention, where she represented the nonprofit to government officials, congressional offices, the Congressional Prevention Coalition and other partners. She has also worked as a health policy consultant whose projects included encouraging an increase in funding for environmental health concerns and grant writing for several health clients.

Polan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She later earned a Master’s of Science degree in health psychology from San Diego State University and a doctorate in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine.

2017 Global Health Landscape Symposium | Photo Gallery

On December 8, 2017 GHC held the Global Health Landscape Symposium – A New Normal for Global Health: Navigating Today’s Challenges and Opportunities. This one-day meeting was organized to convene policy and program leads from global health organizations across multiple sectors and encourage crucial conversations that drill down on barriers and best practices to address changes in the global health landscape. The event brought out approximately 200 attendees from diverse backgrounds in global health who were engaged in conversation and left the event re-energized about the future of global health. See below for photos highlights from the day.

Global Health Council Commends the Confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green to Lead USAID

Washington, DC (August 4, 2017) – Global Health Council (GHC) welcomes the confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green to serve as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Yesterday, the Senate unanimously approved Ambassador Green’s nomination.

“Ambassador Green brings years of experience and a deep understanding of the critical role the United States has in development and humanitarian responses,” said Loyce Pace, GHC President and Executive Director. “His leadership is needed at an agency currently facing budget cuts and discussing how to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness across its programs.”

As USAID Administrator, Ambassador Green will be charged with overseeing legacy initiatives such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative, and U.S. commitments to end preventable child and maternal deaths and achieving an AIDS-free generation.  In addition, USAID plays a critical role improving systems and societies worldwide that can withstand the threat and effects of emerging health priorities.

“GHC looks forward to working with Ambassador Green in targeting several milestones across development, particularly in the area of global health,” said Pace.

About Global Health Council
Established in 1972, Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. GHC represents the collaborative voice of the community on key issues; we convene stakeholders around key priorities and actively engage with decision makers to influence global health policy. Learn more at Follow GHC on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook for more information.

TFGH17: Finding Connections And Solutions For The Changing Face Of Global Health

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — On March 1, 2017, Global Health Council (GHC), in partnership with the Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, hosted the fourth annual The Future of Global Health Unconference (TFGH17) at the Hamilton Live in Washington, DC. This year, TFGH17 drew its largest gathering yet – more than 400 emerging and established global health professionals came together to connect with industry veterans and technical specialists from across the field.

In this current context, with critical cuts for global health funding and programs looming, the event provided an opportunity to discuss the challenges, solutions, and skills needed to advance progress in a range of global health issues and successfully navigate the shifting field. Mentors and participants agreed that the unconference was a great place to forge new connections while learning about pressing issues and challenges in the field.

“I was attracted to TFGH because I wanted to get insights on different issue areas. I love that the conversation hubs are led by highly experienced facilitators who bring a world of knowledge to the room,” said participant George Ndongai from the University of Maryland.

“… I think networking is very critical to our work as global health professionals. There are a lot of opportunities for collaboration and support that we can tap into when we connect with each other,” explained participant Eric Mensah from The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Global health practitioners led a series of 20 conversation hubs in their areas of expertise, engaging their groups in dynamic discussions on pressing topics in global health policy, including the gender-equality path to health, youth-led development, and leadership change in global health. Distinguished leaders included Temitao Ifafore, USAID Health Workforce Technical Advisor, GHFP-II/Public Health Institute; George Dougherty, Director, Global Health Security, Health Industries Advisory practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers; and Nellie Bristol, Senior Fellow, Global Health Policy Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Experienced professionals hosted a series of 10-minute mentor sessions, where attendees had the opportunity to connect one-on-one around issues of their choosing. The diverse set of mentors included Jeff Meer, Executive Director, Handicap International; Rebecca Kohler, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Development, IntraHealth International; and Dr. Keith Martin, Executive Director, Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

GHFP-II held a photo contest for attendees to partake which provided an opportunity for one participant to win two free airline tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S. The winner will be announced on the GHFP-II website and social media platforms by March 15, 2017.

GHC and GHFP-II have partnered to convene global health professionals and stakeholders from across private, non-profit, government, academic, and donor sectors in a combined effort to help change the world. Other key sponsors included IntraHealth International and Global Impact. Photos from the event can be found here. To find similar and upcoming global health events, please visit

About Global Health Council
Established in 1972, Global Health Council (GHC) is the leading membership organization supporting and connecting advocates, implementers, and stakeholders around global health priorities worldwide. GHC represents the collaborative voice of the community on key issues; we convene stakeholders around key priorities and actively engage with decision makers to influence global health policy. Learn more at

Follow GHC on Twitter or “Like” us on Facebook.

About the Global Health Fellows Program II
The Global Health Fellows Program (GHFP) II, led by the Public Health Institute (PHI), helps USAID address its immediate and emerging human capital needs by developing a diverse group of global health professionals to support and sustain the effectiveness of the Agency’s current and future health programs. At different stages of their careers, this cadre of global health talent is motivated, technically excellent, well-supported, representative of the diversity of the American people and committed to contributing to USAID’s success in key global health priority areas. Learn more at

Follow GHFP II and connect with our Global Health Fellows on TwitterLinkedIn, or “Like” us on Facebook.

Media Contacts
Ann Wheatley, Vice President
Global Impact – Secretariat for the Global Health Council
(703) 717-5224

Angelina Gordon, Director, Communications, Outreach and Diversity
Global Health Fellows Program II
(202) 808-3800



To enter, you must attend TFGH17 and share a photo on Twitter or Instagram, tag @GHFPII and use the #TFGH17 hashtag, and provide a short caption about your contribution to the “Next Generation of Global Health Professionals.”

You can submit as many entries as you like, but photos will be judged on originality, strength of caption, and image quality. All entries must be publicly searchable to qualify and be posted by 11:59 PM EST on March 1, 2017.

The top photo entry will win two roundtrip Delta airline tickets anywhere in the continental United States, valid until 2/28/2018.


Post your entry to either Twitter or Instagram by 11:59 pm ET on March 1, 2017. Only original photos will be accepted (no retweets or regrams).
Enjoy the cocktail reception at #TFGH17, but be sure to OMIT DRINKS from the photo.
Include a short caption about your contribution to the “Next Generation of Global Health Professionals.”
Include the hashtag #TFGH17 AND tag @GHFPII.

Disclaimer and Rules: Only publicly searchable photos taken during the event, omitting alcohol, using the hashtags and handles mentioned above will be considered. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm on March 1, 2017. GHFP-II will message the photo contest winner via Twitter or Instagram for contact details and next steps by March 15, 2017. You can submit as many entries as you like, but note that photos will be judged on originality, strength of caption content, and image quality. We look forward to seeing your photos!