Congressman Ami Bera represents California’s 7th Congressional District and is the Vice Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Bera is the longest-serving Indian American currently in Congress and has been a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee since 2013.
Bera previously served as Chief Medical Officer for Sacramento County and taught medicine at the University of California, Davis. Drawing on his extensive medical background, Bera led efforts by the Foreign Affairs Committee to address the global Zika epidemic and is a strong supporter of American leadership in global health.
On the Foreign Affairs Committee, Bera sits on the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific as well as the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organizations. Bera believes the United States has a duty to lead the world by example and is proud to work with members of both parties to strengthen America’s security and global leadership.
Emily Bigelow, motivated by a passion for social and economic justice, provides strategic advocacy and communications support to clients across global health, with a focus on universal health coverage and health system reform. Her work has involved building coalitions of civil society partners and economists, aligning stakeholders around major milestones, and leveraging creative campaigns and storytelling to reach new audiences. She manages the UHC Coalition—1000+ organizations in 120+ countries—and helped lead UHC Day (12/12) from its launch in 2014 to its adoption by the UN last year. Clients have included the Rockefeller Foundation, UHC2030, the World Health Organization, Women Deliver and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, Emily researched human stories and systemic shifts behind rising inequality and jobless recoveries in the U.S., and advocated on behalf of individuals seeking housing, employment or financial support. She holds a BA in Social Studies with high honors from Harvard College.
M.A. Keifer Buckingham is the newest addition to Open Society Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office, joining the team in August as Senior Policy Advisor for International Public Health. Keifer most recently served as a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), responsible for covering a range of issues including global and domestic health, immigration, reproductive justice, and international development.
Prior to transitioning to Capitol Hill, Keifer worked as an International Policy Analyst at Advocates for Youth. She led Advocates’ U.S foreign policy work in Washington, D.C. and at the United Nations, advocating with Congress and the Administration to promote LGBTQ rights; young peoples’ access to reproductive health care; and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment for young people.
Keifer holds a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University with a focus on global health policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.
Ariana Childs Graham, in collaboration with diverse partners, advocates for the strengthening of primary health care (PHC) systems to achieve universal health coverage (UHC). Underpinning these efforts is an integrated, people-centered approach to health and solutions that address the challenges of underfunded and fragmented health systems in low- and middle-income countries. She convenes the PHC Strategy Group, a coalition of civil society advocates that promotes equitable access to high-quality essential health services. She serves on the Advisory Group for the UHC2030 Civil Society Engagement Mechanism and the International Advisory Group on Primary Health Care for Universal Health Coverage. Past roles with the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health at the Aspen Institute, FP2020, the Coalition for Adolescent Girls and SIECUS cemented her commitment to systemic change for health through strategic partnerships.
True Claycombe is Policy Associate at the Kyle House Group, focusing on policy and advocacy for global health and international development. Prior to KHG, True worked as the Associate Director of Policy for Friends of the Global Fight, an advocacy organization working on behalf of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. At Friends, True specialized in designing and implementing advocacy efforts to increase funding and support for the Global Fund and global health programs. True graduated from the School of International Service at American University with an M.A. in international development. Her studies focused on global health, including internships at Save the Children, the Clearwater Initiative, and the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance in Cambodia. A Nashville native and University of Georgia graduate, True began her career on Capitol Hill in 2011 where she spent nearly three years as a legislative assistant to Rep. David McKinley (R-WV).
Lisa Cohen is a Senior Advisor for Uncommon serving as a strategic adviser for coalitions and organizations dedicated to improving health. Prior to joining Uncommon, she served for ten years as founding Executive Director of the Washington Global Health Alliance (WGHA), the world’s first regionally-focused global health alliance. While at WGHA, Lisa helped form Global to Local, where she now serves as board chair. Global to Local is dedicated to adapting global health learnings to underserved communities in the United States. Prior to her work with Uncommon, WGHA and Global to Local, Lisa spent 25 years as a senior manager and producer for several Seattle television stations. She taught journalism at the University of Washington, where she earned degrees in Broadcast Journalism and International Communications.
Chris Collins leads Friends’ efforts to educate and engage U.S. decision makers on the lifesaving work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and its effort to end these three epidemics. Previously, as Chief of the Community Mobilization Division at UNAIDS, Chris helped make the case for investment in civil society as an essential part of the AIDS response. As Vice President and Director of Public Policy at amfAR Chris defended global AIDS funding and worked to advance domestic HIV policy and global key populations programming. Chris also helped drive the creation of the first comprehensive U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy; helped develop and managed the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) Missing the Target series of reports on global HIV treatment scale up; and co-founded and served as Executive Director at AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention. As appropriations staff to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the 1990s, Chris designed the first legislation to provide incentives for development and delivery of vaccines against HIV, TB and malaria. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.
Jessica Daly is the Director of Global Health at Medtronic Foundation, where she leads a global team working to expand access to care and improve health systems and outcomes for chronic conditions. Jessica brings a passion for working through the art and science of partnerships at all levels, with the end goal of improved health for underserved populations always driving the work. Previously, Jessica led global partnerships for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including private sector engagement for the Ebola response in West Africa, and directed public-private partnerships for the US Government’s response to the global HIV/AIDS response (PEPFAR). She began her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural Guatemala, and has implemented several USAID-funded initiatives, blending public health and private sector approaches. Jessica holds a BA from Wesleyan University and an MPH from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Dr. Roopa Dhatt is a physician by training and an advocate by principle. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of Women in Global Health (@womeningh #WomeninGH), a movement launched in 2015 and a non-profit organization since 2017 that aims to achieve gender equality in global health leadership. She serves on the Research in Gender and Ethics (RinGS) Advisory Board; Strategic Advisory Committee for the Global Health Workforce Network (GHWN); the Women Leaders in Global Health Conference Steering Committee; the Global Health 50-50 Advisory Council, Global Health Council Advisory Council, and the GlobeMed Advisory Board.
She is deeply committed to providing primary care, as she is an Internist, in Washington D.C. She completed her training at Case Western Reserve University, Department of Internal Medicine in the International Health Track. Formerly, she was the President of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, a student led organization, present in over 120+ countries, representing over 1.3 million students, where she oversaw world-wide campaigns on global health issues including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Climate Change, Social Determinants of Health, Universal Health Coverage, and Health in All Policies. She is the founder of the Young Voices, Youth: Pre-World Health Assembly (#yWHA) in 2013 with the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute. She has a B.A. and B.S. from the University of California, Davis; a Master in Public Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, France; and an M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine.
Kate Dodson is the Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation. In this role, Kate works to ensure that the UN Foundation is delivering on its commitments to address the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, and builds synergies with UN agencies and other key multilateral partners. Previously, Kate spent several years as the UN Foundation’s Director of Global Health, and has also served as Executive Director of Program Integration. Kate joined the UN Foundation in 2004 and spent her first five years in the sustainable development program, focused at the intersection of poverty reduction and environmental stewardship. Ms. Dodson has served on numerous advisory bodies for UN-related multi-partner initiatives. She is the incoming Chair of the Board of the Global Health Council, co-facilitator of the World Health Organization-Civil Society Task Team, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Forum on Public-Private Partnerships in Global Health. She was previously co-chair of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA). She has also held positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has traveled, worked and studied in several countries. She has a master’s degree with distinction from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree with departmental honors from Bates College in Maine.
Elisha Dunn-Georgiou oversees the programmatic work of PAI, ensuring that the organization’s research and advocacy agendas are in alignment with PAI’s mission and strategic plan. Elisha has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and international development. She holds a master’s degree in epidemiology and a JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Elisha is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Morocco.
Aaron Emmel has a decade of experience representing large organizations to federal and UN agencies and shaping U.S. and global policies on global health, international development, international security and human rights. As Manager of Global Health Advocacy Initiatives for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Aaron develops strategies and advances policies that save lives and promote healthy child and family development. Prior to coming to the AAP he served as Senior Policy Advisor for PATH, an international nonprofit organization focused on global health innovation. Aaron has launched and led numerous successful global health advocacy coalitions and writes and speaks frequently on global health issues. He has been quoted on foreign affairs in Nature Medicine, PBS Newshour: The Rundown, The Global Health Magazine, and other national and international publications.
James Fitzgerald, B.Sc.(Pharm), Ph.D, M.P.S.I., is currently the Director of Health Systems and Services, PAHO/WHO and is responsible for overseeing the PAHO work program on health policy and governance, health systems and services organization, human resources for health, financing in health, and access to medicines and health technologies, oriented towards Universal Health Coverage. As a national of Ireland he obtained his Bachelor in Science, Pharmacy, and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences, from the University of Dublin, Ireland. Commencing his career initially with the pharmaceutical industry, he joined the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in 1997 where he worked as advisor in policy issues relating to access and regulation of medicines and health technologies in Haiti, Brazil and PAHO headquarters, Washington DC USA. He assumed coordination of the PAHO regional work program in the Americas in Medicines and Health Technologies (2008 – 2013) and was appointed Director of Health Systems and Services in 2014. He is the author and coauthor of numerous articles, and is a member of a number of professional societies and advisory groups associated with his profession and area of work.
Priya Fremerman serves as the Executive Director of GlobeMed. GlobeMed was founded in 2006 to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to advance health around the world. GlobeMed mobilizes a network of more than 6,000 change-makers with chapters of students on 60 campuses in the United States and Rwanda and grassroots organizations in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Priya joined the GlobeMed community as a student at in George Washington University chapter, where she supported community health initiatives in Rwanda and Uganda. Before joining GlobeMed’s Global Headquarters in Chicago, she worked for two years with the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network where she supported connectivity, communications, and systems-development for a network of 2,000 values-based entrepreneurial leaders. Most recently, she served as GlobeMed’s Director of Operations, where she was in charge of internal operations and systems, finances, and promoting data-driven strategies across the organization.
Dr. Alma Crumm Golden is senior deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health. A pediatrician by training, Dr. Golden has worked in private pediatrics, indigent health services, academic medicine, public health, healthcare administration and health policy. A graduate of the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), Dr. Golden later became the director of pediatric services for UTMB’s Maternal and Child Health Program, establishing and managing 16 clinics in south and east Texas serving unfunded, Title V and Medicaid children and families. During her career, Dr. Golden has served as faculty at both the University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas A&M Health Science Center. She also served as a Presidential Appointee from 2002 to 2006 as Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Population Affairs in HHS, which included Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention, Embryo Adoption, and Abstinence Education.
Angelina Gordon has 12 years of experience in communications and learning approaches for global health. She has programmatic experience in maternal, child and newborn health for donors including USAID, Gates Foundation and DFID. Angelina is currently the Director of Academic Partnerships and Communications for the USAID-funded Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) project, implemented by the Public Health Institute (PHI). In this role, she develops the project’s institutional learning and communications strategies and oversees knowledge exchange activities among US and overseas academic institutions and professional associations. Angelina formerly served as the chief communications and knowledge management (KM) strategist for international programs at Save the Children USA, where she created the organization’s first learning strategy and evaluation framework. She has international global health experience in Afghanistan, Guatemala, Lebanon, Pakistan, South Africa, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Angelina earned a Master’s Degree in International Development Policy and Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.
Chris Gray is Senior Director, Global Institutions and Public Reporting, in Pfizer’s Corporate Affairs group in New York. Chris manages the company’s strategic relationships with global health institutions, including UN agencies (e.g. World Health Organization), international NGOs, the Gates Foundation, and ESG/ socially responsible investors. He is responsible for Pfizer’s corporate engagement related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and other global health and development issues. He also spearheads Pfizer’s engagement on the Access to Medicines Index, the Pfizer Annual Review, and other non-financial reporting initiatives. Chris serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Compact Network USA, the local network chapter of the United Nations Global Compact. Prior to joining Pfizer in 2008, Chris served as Markets Director for the Ernst & Young Global Pharmaceutical Center and as a consultant. Previously, he was a Managing Editor at FDC Reports, a Reed-Elsevier health publications company, covering life sciences. He holds a Masters from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and is a graduate of Tufts University.
Rachel Locklear Hall serves as the Director of CARE’s Learning Tours program, planning and leading educational trips all over the world with key policymakers and influencers to learn about development in the field and ultimately cultivate congressional champions for U.S. foreign assistance and sustainable development.
Prior to joining CARE, Rachel worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for three years ending as a Senior Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23). Rachel has also worked as a kindergarten teacher at an all-girls charter school for low-income students in Brooklyn, N.Y. and as an undergraduate writing professor at George Washington University. Rachel received her B.A. in Women and Gender Studies from Georgetown University, her M.S. in Early Childhood Education from Hunter College, and her M.A. in Women’s Studies and Public Policy from the George Washington University.
Danielle Heiberg is the Senior Manager of Policy and Advocacy at Global Health Council (GHC). In this role, she manages GHC’s domestic and global advocacy strategy and coordinates GHC’s relationship with the global health advocacy community. She oversees GHC’s appropriations and legislative work; manages the publication of “The Global Health Briefing Book” and other advocacy resources; and coordinates the work of several thematic roundtables. Prior to joining GHC, she was a Senior Program Associate at InterAction, where she was responsible for managing thematic working groups on global health, food security and agriculture, and climate and development. Danielle also managed communications and outreach for NGO Aid Map, an initiative to map the work of InterAction members. Previously, she worked in the Public Policy office of Yahoo and in the Congressional and Public Affairs office of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency. She also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Danielle holds a BA in International Relations from Mills College.
Dr. Charles Holmes is a physician who has held senior global health leadership roles in government, academia, and non-governmental organizations. He currently provides strategic support for government-led responses to the HIV epidemic in several countries, conducts research to optimize health systems, and advocates for global health resources. He recently served as CEO of the Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), where his work resulted in measurable gains against the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics, innovative new programs and studies aimed at improving maternal child and newborn health and non-communicable diseases, and expanded training pathways for Zambian trainees. He was Chief Medical Officer and Deputy U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator for PEPFAR during the Obama administration. He is widely published and serves as a frequent advisor to WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Holmes trained in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Jennifer Kates is Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she oversees the Foundation’s policy analysis and research focused on the U.S. government’s role in global health and on the global and domestic HIV epidemics. Widely regarded as an expert in the field, she regularly publishes and presents on global health and HIV policy issues and is particularly known for her work analyzing donor government investments in global health; assessing and mapping the U.S. government’s global health architecture, programs, and funding; and tracking and analyzing major U.S. HIV programs and financing, and key trends in the HIV epidemic, an area she has been working in for close to thirty years. Dr. Kates received her Ph.D. in Health Policy from George Washington University.
Katri Bertram is the Senior Partnership Specialist at the GFF. Before joining the GFF, Katri previously headed Save the Children’s Global Policy, Advocacy and Campaign work. Katri has worked at the World Bank, The ONE Campaign and carried out independent evaluations for the Stop TB Partnership, UNAIDS, and GIZ. She started her career working as a researcher in security policy and is a trained economist and political scientist. She received her Master’s Degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science (International Relations) and the Hertie School of Governance (Public Policy).
Raj Kumar is the founding President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. A social enterprise dedicated to ensuring global development efforts do more good for more people, Devex was born in 2000 when Raj was a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School. Today, there are 100+ Devexers around the world serving a global audience of more than one million aid workers and development professionals. Beginning as a kid in Kerala, India, Raj has witnessed firsthand determined and courageous development work in over 50 countries – it’s what drives the Devex mission to “Do Good. Do It Well.” He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum, and has interviewed on-camera and on-stage hundreds of global luminaries on the most important challenges of our time.
Dr. Luc Kuykens is the current Head of Sanofi Global Health Programs reporting to the Chief Medical Officer of Sanofi. He started his career in public health in 1987: he worked in leprosy and tuberculosis control in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was Chief Medical Officer for Sierra Rutile Ltd.in Sierra Leone and Executive Director of the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Deschapelles, Haiti. He joined the vaccine industry in 1997 as associate director of regulatory affairs for Merck and moved to Sanofi Pasteur, the human vaccines global business unit of Sanofi as vice president regulatory affairs for North America, in December 2001. He gradually increased his scope of responsibility and was nominated to the Sanofi Pasteur Chief Medical Officer position in 2011. He received his medical degree from the University of Antwerp in 1986, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp in 1987 and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA in 1992. Dr. Kuykens is a member of a number of regulatory and public health professional societies. He is a dual citizen of Belgium and the USA.
Crystal Lander is a senior public health professional who launched the advocacy and global policy portfolios for two global non-governmental organizations. As the Director of Advocacy for Living Goods, she manages engagement on global health policy to drive the organization’s vision for lasting and systemic impact that will enable every family to access quality health care in the community in which they live. Prior to Living Goods, Ms. Lander led the advocacy unit at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) for more than seven years. Ms. Lander is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and Economics and a Master of Public Health from Tulane’s School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with a degree in International Health Policy.
Karina Lorenzana is a Vice President at ideas42 leading global health initiatives. She has designed and tested behavioral interventions in environment, finance, and health sectors in Ethiopia, Senegal, Nepal, Uganda, Costa Rica, and Mexico. She is also the Senior Behavioral Economics Advisor of the Breakthrough ACTION project, USAID’s flagship for social and behavior change led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs. Prior to joining ideas42, Karina worked at the Clinton Foundation Climate Initiative and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. She also served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador. Karina has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University and an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.
Rebecca Martin, PhD, serves as the Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She has worked domestically and internationally in immunization, HIV, and health system strengthening and now lead’s CDC’s global efforts to protect and improve health worldwide through science, policy, partnership, and evidence-based public health action.
Dr. Martin has over 20 years of experience in global health. Her international assignments include work in Kenya as an epidemiologist for an inter-country immunization program with WHO African Regional Office, in Tanzania as the Program Director for Strategic Information and Human Resources with CDC, and Denmark as the Regional Advisor for immunization with WHO European Regional Office. In these roles Dr. Martin led studies to strengthen national capacity, supported improved immunization and surveillance systems, and provided evidence for the introduction of new vaccines. She most recently served four years as Director of the Global Immunization Division, leading CDC’s global polio eradication efforts, vaccine-preventable disease control, vaccine introduction, and immunization systems strengthening.
Dr. Martin began her career with CDC in 1997 in the National Immunization Program, Epidemiology and Surveillance Division. Prior to joining CDC, she worked at the Maryland Department of Hygiene and Mental Health in Maryland as the immunization program epidemiologist to improve vaccine access and coverage.
Dr. Martin received her Doctorate of Philosophy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in international health. She co-authored manuscripts and global guidelines on immunization strategies, vaccine-preventable diseases and surveillance methods.
Colin McIff currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Office of Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to this, Mr. McIff served from 2016-2018 as the Director of the Europe Office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and HHS Representative to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium. From September 2010 to August 2016, Mr. McIff served as Health Attaché at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, leading U.S. engagement with the World Health Organization and other Geneva-based health institutions. From April 2010 to August 2010, Mr. McIff was the Acting Director for Multilateral Affairs at the Office of Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, leading U.S. negotiations on the Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel.
Eliana Monteforte has a Master in Public Health (MPH) from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently a Senior Technical Advisor for Institutional Strengthening at Management Sciences for Health in Washington DC. At MSH, Ms. Monteforte provides project management and technical assistance support to various public health institutions and organizations in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Her areas of expertise include health planning and budgeting, health finance, cost revenue analysis, resource mobilization, quality improvement, leadership and management and advocacy.
Loyce Pace, a leader who has worked on the ground in more than 10 countries delivering health programs and mobilizing advocates, is Global Health Council’s President and Executive Director. Loyce comes to the role having held leadership positions in global policy and strategic partnerships at LIVESTRONG Foundation and the American Cancer Society. While Director of Regional Programs for the American Cancer Society’s Department of Global Health, she was responsible for developing their first capacity-building and advocacy initiatives in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, she has worked with Physicians for Human Rights and also served as an International Development Fellow for Catholic Relief Services, implementing community outreach projects throughout Senegal and The Gambia. Loyce holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she was inducted into the Delta Omega Society. She is currently a member of the board at InterAction and previously served on the Phillips Academy (Andover) Alumni Council. She speaks several languages, including Spanish as well as some French and Japanese, and has lived in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Loyce is based in Washington, DC.
Carolyn Reynolds, MA, brings more than 25 years of proven success in policy and advocacy for global development to her role as PATH’s vice president for Policy and Advocacy. She leads a team of more than 40 staff across seven countries to apply PATH’s technical expertise, experience, and evidence to inform and improve policies, strengthen advocacy capacity, and increase resources to improve the health and well-being of people living in low-resource settings across Asia and Africa. In this role, she also serves as the senior executive in PATH’s Washington, DC, office and PATH’s principal representative to the US government and multilateral organizations. Prior to joining PATH in 2016, Ms. Reynolds was senior adviser and manager for external and corporate relations at the World Bank Group. In this senior position, she led the Bank’s strategic communications and policy advocacy efforts in global health, education, and human development. In earlier positions, she also shaped and led the expansion of the Bank’s global engagement with civil society organizations (CSOs). Ms. Reynolds holds an MA in economic and political development from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Tiaji Salaam-Blyther has served as the Global Health Specialist at the Congressional Research Service since 2002. In that capacity, Ms. Salaam-Blyther has facilitated the development of legislation on several health and development topics, including health system strengthening, Zika, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, violence against women, slums, orphans and vulnerable children, and food security. Tiaji has also led international labor projects in Nigeria, Tanzania, and South Africa as the Project Manager for Africa at the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Salaam-Blyther has worked in Geneva as a fellow at two U.N. agencies: the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Tiaji also gained expertise in resettling refugees while acting as a fellow at the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) in Arlington, Virginia. In 2013, Tiaji earned a Masters in Health Administration and Policy from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and received a Masters in International Affairs with a concentration in African Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2000. Ms. Salaam-Blyther attained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University in 1997.
Adva Saldinger is an Associate Editor at Devex, where she covers U.S. foreign aid policy and the intersection of business and international development. From development finance, to market-based solutions and impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.
Dr. Peter Schmeissner is the Director for Europe and Eurasia and Acting Director for Multilateral Affairs in the Office of Global Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), covering U.S. Government engagement on health issues in intergovernmental organizations and other international fora. Prior to these positions, he served as Acting Director of the Division of Science and Communications in the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, where he was responsible for the development of documents and actions related to public health priorities of the Surgeon General. He also served in the Immediate Office of the Secretary at HHS, where he oversaw the review and coordination of policy documents from multiple HHS agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Institutes of Health.
Lena H. Sun is a national reporter for The Washington Post covering health, with a special focus on public health and infectious disease. A longtime reporter at The Post, she has covered a variety of beats, including the Metro transit system, immigration and education. She was also The Post’s Beijing bureau chief from 1990 to 1994. Her honors and awards include the following: Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for coverage of the war on terrorism, part of national reporting team, 2002; and Robert F. Kennedy journalism award, international print, 1994. She speaks Mandarin, some French, and some Spanish. Lena received a BS in communications from Cornell University and an MA in journalism from Columbia University.
Grace Virtue, Ph.D., is the Senior Communications Advisor at ACTION Global Health Advocacy Partnership. A native of Jamaica, she earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and social sciences from the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica. Known for her exceptional journalism work in Kingston, covering politics and issues impacting women and children, Grace moved to the United States for graduate School on fellowships from the Inter-American Press Association and the Rotary Ambassadorial Foundation. Her M.A. degree, from Howard University, focused on development communications, and her doctorate—also from Howard University—on international communication, and Caribbean political systems. Grace has extensive experience in public affairs, working on higher education, healthcare and social justice issues. Her weekly column in the Jamaica Observer, 2014-2016, focused on poverty, inequality and social exclusion, and generated significant national debates. Following the 2016 US election, she also published several articles with HuffPost.
Lauren Weber is public health policy reporter for HuffPost based in Washington, D.C. She reports on a variety of global and national public health issues, including everything from Ebola and hepatitis A outbreaks to the health of migrant detainees. She is also a 2017 USC Annenberg Health Journalism National Fellow. Weber formerly was the creator and editor of The Morning Email, HuffPost’s weekday rundown of the news, that she launched and grew to nearly a million subscribers. She was a 2018 Webby honoree and 2018 Digiday Publishing Awards finalist for The Morning Email. She was also previously the voice of HuffPost on Amazon Echo for the morning briefing. Weber is a graduate of Georgetown University and can be reached at email@example.com.
Eric Hollister Williams is a Managing Principal at Precision, and is an experienced media and advocacy strategist with extensive background in strategic communications, global health and international development. Eric joined Precision from Fenton where he was a vice president overseeing a broad portfolio focused on the 2018 midterm elections, education, public lands, global health, human rights, and child welfare. Prior to his time at Fenton, served as a Special Projects Director for the Ohio Coordinated Campaign as part of Hillary for America. Before that, Eric was a senior director at williamsworks, a social impact and philanthropic advisory firm based in Seattle. At williamsworks, Eric advised and led accounts for Eastern Congo Initiative, Glamour (The Girl Project), TOMS, Gatorade, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Save the Children Action Network, Nike Foundation, among others. From 2011 to 2014, Eric served as the Democratic Staff Director for the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights and International Organizations and was a foreign policy aid for Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA). Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Eric was a senior policy associate at Physicians for Human Rights where he led the international civil society coalition, Health Workforce Advocacy Initiative, funded by the World Health Organization. Eric began his career at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A native of Washington, D.C., Eric received his AB in English and Biology from Bowdoin College and a master’s from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. He and his wife spend all their free time keeping their toddler son and dog out of trouble.
Rachel Wilson, MPH, is a Principal of Catalysts for Change (www.c4cglobal.com) where she supports organizations seeking to strengthen advocacy capacity and impact. Since inception of her firm in 2015, Rachel and her team have advised clients including Amref, CIVICUS, Counterpart International, Center for Reproductive Rights, Hewlett Foundation, Planned Parenthood Global, and RESULTS Educational Fund to enhance their effectiveness in advocacy and accountability to improve health and development. Previously, Rachel created and ran the advocacy department at PATH, where she grew a team of over 30 working in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the U.S.; developed the women’s health policy and advocacy program at the Connors Center at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital; led public health advocacy at the Massachusetts Public Health Assn.; and coordinated epidemiologic research on women and children’s health at the Boston University School of Medicine. She earned her Master of Public Health from Boston University.