GHLS18 Speakers

Kate Dodson

Kate Dodson

Vice President for Global Health, United Nations Foundation

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. In its global health work, the UN Foundation has dedicated efforts to improve access to immunization and family planning, prevent malaria, and advance SRMNCAH efforts along the continuum of care and in fragile and complex operating environments, all working to advance UN system priorities. Previously, Kate spent several years as the UN Foundation’s Director of Global Health, and has also served as Executive Director of Program Integration, focused on cross-department and cross-issue collaboration. Kate joined the UN Foundation in 2004 and spent her first five years in the sustainable development program in various positions, focused at the intersection of poverty reduction and environmental stewardship. Ms. Dodson has served on numerous advisory bodies for UN-related multi-partner initiatives, and as co-chair of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) for four years.  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.

Dr. Jennifer Kates

Dr. Jennifer Kates

Vice President and Director of Global Health & HIV Policy, Kaiser Family Foundation

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.

Dr. Roopa Dhatt

Dr. Roopa Dhatt

Executive Director and Co-Founder, Women in Global 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.

Christopher Gray

Christopher Gray

Senior Director, Global Institutions, Pfizer

Chris Gray is Senior Director, Global Institutions, in Pfizer’s Corporate Responsibility group in New York. Gray manages the company’s strategic relationships with global health institutions, including UN agencies such as the World Health Organization, international NGOs, the Gates Foundation, and socially responsible investors. He co-leads Pfizer’s Center of Excellence for Active and Healthy Aging and focuses on issues including the global development agenda, non-communicable diseases, innovation, access to medicines, and sustainability reporting. Gray joined Pfizer in 2008 from Ernst & Young, where he served as Markets Director for the Global Pharmaceutical Center.

Crystal Lander

Crystal Lander

Director of Advocacy, Living Goods

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.

Ariana Childs Graham

Ariana Childs Graham

Director, Primary Health Care Initiative, PAI

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.

Jessica Daly

Jessica Daly

Director of Global Health, Medtronic Foundation

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.

Congressman Ami Bera

Congressman Ami Bera

D-CA-07, U.S. House of Representatives

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.

Dr. Alma Crumm Golden

Dr. Alma Crumm Golden

Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, USAID

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.

Dr. Rebecca Martin

Dr. Rebecca Martin

Director, Center for Global Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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.
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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.
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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.
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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

Colin McIff

Deputy Director of the Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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.

Chris Collins

Chris Collins

President, Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

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.

Angelina Gordon

Angelina Gordon

Director of Academic Partnerships and Communications, Sustaining Technical and Analytic Resources (STAR) Project

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.

Rachel Locklear Hall

Rachel Locklear Hall

Director, Learning Tours, CARE

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.