Head, Corporate Responsibility and ESG Management, Organon
Chief Financial Officer, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Senior Technical Director and Practice Area Lead for Health Policy, Advocacy, and Engagement and Integrated Health Care
Vice President, Legal, Resolve to Save Lives
Action Learning Groups Lead at YIELD Hub
Partner, Dalberg Advisors
Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy, American Public Health Association
Founder & CEO, Catalyst Global Strategies, LLC
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, International Youth Foundation
Carla Eckhardt Taracena
Director of Operations, Public Health Institute
Managing Director, Redwood Holding LLC
Chair, Board of Directors
Kate Dodson is the Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation. In this role, she works to ensure that the UN Foundation delivers 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 supports UN agencies and partners that deliver vital health services to people around the world, including campaigns to vaccinate children against measles, polio, and other diseases, family planning services, and millions of anti-malaria bed nets. Increasingly, we focus on supporting the work of the World Health Organization and others to prepare for pandemics, tackle antimicrobial resistance, and strengthen global systems to provide Universal Health Coverage, ensuring we reach the most vulnerable and leave no one behind.
Kate is currently chair of the board of the Global Health Council, and a board member of Women in Global Health. She sits on the UHC2030 Steering Committee, representing the Foundation Constituency, and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Forum on Public-Private Partnerships in Global Health.
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 on the intersection of poverty reduction and environmental stewardship. Kate 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.
Term Expires: December 31, 2024
Chair, Membership & Development Committee
John Ariale joined Husch Blackwell Strategies 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 the 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.
Prior to joining Husch Blackwell Strategies, Mr. Ariale founded Ariale Strategies, LLC and worked as a Senior Government Relations Consultant at the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff. Before leaving government service, Mr. Ariale 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, Homeland Security, Financial Services, and Defense.
Mr. Ariale graduated from Stetson University and received his J.D. from Stetson University’s College of Law. Mr. Ariale resides with his wife Susan and their family in Northern Virginia.
Term Expires: December 31, 2023
Byron Austin leads corporate responsibility at Organon, a new pharma company focused on the health of women. He is also responsible for managing how the company engages its relevant stakeholders on a variety of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) issues. Prior to Organon, Byron led ESG communications at Teva Pharmaceuticals, where he also had responsibility for the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts in the United States and Canada while supporting the company’s global health and access strategy around the world. Before joining Teva, Byron led the healthcare practice at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a global business network and consultancy focused on building the capacity of large companies to become more sustainable and socially responsible. At BSR, he advised over 25 companies in the biopharmaceutical and medical device industry on their ESG and sustainability strategies. Prior to BSR, Byron managed and developed global health partnerships at Johnson & Johnson, where he engaged a variety of stakeholders in the fields of NCDs, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, and digital health. Byron began his career in global health at an HIV/AIDS NGO based in South Africa called mothers2mothers International and later served as a management consultant at Rabin Martin in New York City.
Byron earned his MBA from Columbia Business School and his BA from Princeton University.
Term Expires: December 31, 2023
Chair, Finance Committee
Vickie Barrow-Klein has over three decades of experience in strategic corporate operations, with at least two of those spent serving in a financial role within the international NGO sector. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed a reputation for mentoring staff as an accomplished leader, expertise in change management, and a proven record of providing strategic direction and oversight to ensure an organization’s financial soundness.
Ms. Barrow-Klein currently serves as CFO for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Inc. where she leads the finance and accounting functions and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team.
Prior to Planned Parenthood, Ms. Barrow-Klein served as the CFO for Management Sciences for Health (MSH). At MSH, she strategically led the organization of more than 2,500 employees, over 40 offices, and revenues near $300 million working in the areas of finance, internal audit, grants and contracts, procurement, legal and compliance, marketing and fundraising, and facilities.
She also served as CFO for two of the largest international humanitarian and relief organizations in the US—CARE USA and Save the Children Federation, where she led finance, information technology, grants, and contracts. At Save the Children, she created knowledge management processes to enable information and knowledge sharing in more than 50 countries. She has also led financial operations at Population Council and the Peace Corps. She grounded her career in the management consulting practice at PwC serving both private sector and government clients.
Ms. Barrow-Klein received her Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, and her undergraduate degree from George Washington University in Washington, DC. She has served on the boards of the Partnership for Supply Chain Management, InsideNGO, NetHope, Inc., Society for International Development Washington Chapter, and Access Africa Fund.
Term Expires: December 31, 2024
Chair, Nominating Committee
Amy Boldosser-Boesch is a recognized leader and passionate advocate with more than 20 years of experience in both global and U.S. domestic health policy and advocacy, with a focus on women’s and adolescents’ health and rights. She is currently Senior Director and Practice Area Lead for Health Policy, Advocacy & Engagement and Senior Director for Integrated Health Care at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global non-profit organization that works with countries and communities to build strong, resilient, sustainable health systems. She oversees MSH’s work and teams dedicated to improving women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health and person-centered primary health care and leads advocacy and accountability efforts for improved sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, and adolescent health and universal health coverage. She manages the Secretariat for the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism of UHC2030, which advocates ensuring marginalized groups are not left behind in the push to achieve universal health coverage.
Previously, she was interim president and CEO, and vice president of global advocacy, at Family Care International (FCI), an NGO dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safer in the developing world; she led the integration of FCI’s programs and staff into MSH in late 2015. Before joining FCI, she was director of local advocacy initiatives at the National Institute for Reproductive Health, led a NYC Department of Health-funded initiative to increase emergency contraception access among adolescents and immigrant women, was deputy director at the International Organization for Adolescents, and worked in the Health Equity program of the Rockefeller Foundation on initiatives to redress health disparities in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Ms. Boldosser-Boesch is an active member of a number of global advocacy initiatives, including the Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality Working Group, the Advance Family Planning Leadership Group, and serves on the UNFPA Global Advisory Council. She holds a Master of International Affairs in Human Rights from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Romance Languages and Politics from New York University.
Term Expires: December 31, 2024
Chair, Audit Committee
Anthony Brown is Vice President, Legal at Resolve to Save Lives. Anthony oversees the legal function, advising the Senior Management Team and the Board of Directors on organizational strategy, operations, and other matters with legal implications.
Anthony is an attorney and business professional with more than 20 years of experience advising global public health organizations and international NGOs and businesses. Throughout his legal career, Anthony has focused on being a business partner to the teams he supports, not only identifying legal risks but also seeking to unlock issues and propose solutions. Before joining Resolve to Save Lives, Anthony was with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance for 15 years. As Senior Legal Counsel, he assisted with the setup and implementation of innovative financing initiatives, was responsible for negotiations on funding agreements with corporations, governments, and foundations, and provided legal advice on the provision of funding to implementing organizations and countries. He also supported the development of numerous policies and procedures to address risks and ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Most recently, Anthony was the lead attorney on the design and set up of COVAX, a global collaboration aimed at accelerating access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Anthony received his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, his M.B.A. from the Wharton School, and a B.A. in Latin American Studies from Columbia University. He enjoys reading and writing (or trying to write) literary fiction and science fiction. He also enjoys watching and competing (or trying to compete) in tennis tournaments. Anthony is an avid lifelong learner, as it seems as if he’s been trying to learn Spanish and French for nearly his entire life. After 10 years in Switzerland and France, he has just moved back to the US with his adorable 2-year-old son, Julian. Anthony is based in San Antonio, Texas.
Term Expires: December 31, 2023
Richard Dzikunu is a United Nations award-winning youth activist with a track record of influencing adolescent health policy, proven strategic communications, grassroots mobilization, and advocacy skills. In 2018, he received the first-ever Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Campaign Award from the United Nations during the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn, Germany. The award recognized Richard’s work in influencing the Ghana Adolescent Health Policy and empowering women and girls in resource-poor settings and persons with disabilities to be meaningfully engaged in national dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals.
Richard brings over ten years of community, national, and international working experience in sexual and reproductive health rights, primary healthcare programming and advocacy, integration of digital technology and strategies for Universal Health Coverage advocacy, and implementation of projects related to youth-led governance, research, and accountability. He is passionate about working with funders, advocates, researchers, and implementers to systematically integrate meaningful youth participation and partnership practices in their ways of working.
His professional portfolio includes working as a Programs Officer for Curious Minds in Ghana, as an Advocacy Associate, Primary Health Care Initiative with PAI in Washington DC (Global Health Corps Fellowship), Youth Officer for Transform Health Association based in Geneva, and currently, an Action Learning Groups Lead with the YIELD Hub, an adolescent and youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (AYSRHR) initiative hosted by Rutgers International in the Netherlands.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and a Master of Arts degree in Development Communication from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. He also holds a joint Master of Arts degree in Digital Communication Leadership from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Paris Lodron University of Salzburg. He is currently based in Brussels (Belgium).
Term Expires: December 31, 2025
Laura is a Partner in Dalberg’s New York office with over 20 years of experience in global health. She has worked with organizations across the social sector spectrum – corporations, private foundations, multilaterals and NGOs on issues ranging from strategy, stakeholder engagement, new market entry, advocacy, organizational effectiveness, and collaborative approaches to social change. Her work has included in-country research in dozens of countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to joining Dalberg, Laura was based in Singapore as VP of Strategy and Advocacy for the inclusive business unit at Essilor where she focused on developing new business models to bring eyeglasses to 2.5 billion people living at the base of the economy pyramid. Laura was also part of the founding team and a Managing Director at FSG, leading the Global Health and Gender Equity practices where she helped to grow the firm to a team of 160 consultants in 6 offices worldwide over 17 years. Laura started her career at Deloitte Consulting, focused on large-scale organizational change initiatives. She is a board member for the US Pharmacopoeia, working to advance the quality of medicines worldwide. Laura is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor to AshokaU. She has been a board member for VillageReach, a non-profit focused on improving “last mile” drug distribution in the global south, and she was honored to be named one of the “50 Most Influential Social Innovators” and one of the “Women Super Achievers” by the World Sustainability Congress in 2018 and 2019. Laura holds an MBA with a certificate in Public Management from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She also holds a MA in International Policy from Stanford University and a BBA in International Business from the University of Michigan.
Term Expires: December 31, 2023.
Kevin Lamb’s practice focuses on regulatory and complex commercial litigation and appellate matters. He has handled matters before the US Supreme Court, state supreme courts, federal courts of appeals, and federal district courts in a wide variety of substantive areas, including administrative and constitutional law, antitrust, ERISA, the False Claims Act, insurance law, health care law, intellectual property, and Native American law. He has represented state officials and universities in First Amendment litigation, as well as a diverse array of individuals, corporations, and associations in litigation against federal departments and agencies, including the US Departments of Defense, Labor, the Interior, and Health and Human Services, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the US Agency for International Development. He has counseled clients on state and federal regulation of a range of industries, including tribal gaming, health care, life insurance, and financial services. He also maintains an active pro bono practice in the areas of criminal justice and antidiscrimination law, with a focus on LGBT rights.
Mr. Lamb joined the firm following clerkships with the Honorable Guido Calabresi of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Honorable Janet C. Hall of the US District Court for the District of Connecticut. While in law school, Mr. Lamb interned in the Office of Legal Policy at the US Department of Justice and served as a law clerk to the Honorable András Sajó of the European Court of Human Rights. Prior to pursuing his law degree, Mr. Lamb earned a Ph.D. in English from Cornell University and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at Columbia University.
Term Expires: December 31, 2025
Vice Chair, Nominating Committee
Margaret Miller is a public health communicator who strives to elevate the voices – and work – of others. Margaret is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she leads working tracking progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.
Prior to joining the foundation, Margaret was the Director of Communications at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She shaped and advanced the Center’s communications strategy, message, and brand. She helped lead the Center’s COVID-19 response efforts which focused on analyzing data and researching and proposing policy solutions to complex problems that have stemmed from the pandemic. She positioned the Center and its experts as a go-to source for information in the pandemic and managed unprecedented media coverage during the public health crisis.
Margaret has fifteen years of experience in global communications including working in academia, at corporations, and a leading global health NGO. Margaret has a Master of Science in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Bachelor of Science in communications from Boston University, and a certificate in global health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Term Expires: December 31, 2024
Vice-Chair, Membership & Development Committee
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 and affiliate affairs, communications, and membership. 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, and overseeing membership recruitment and retention and Affiliate, Caucus, and Section relations. Prior to joining APHA, Ms. 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, and chronic disease prevention, and where she advocated for new funding for a nationwide health tracking network. Ms. Polan has almost 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. Ms. 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.
Term Expires: December 31, 2023
Algene Sajery is a seasoned foreign policy strategist with over 20 years of legislative and political affairs experience in the U.S. Congress, as a presidential political appointee, and in the corporate and nonprofit sectors.
Algene is the founder and CEO of Catalyst Global Strategies, LLC. A native of Liberia, West Africa who came to the U.S. at age 3 as a political asylee, Algene launched Catalyst in 2020 to help advance, fund, and scale policies and initiatives that improve the lives and livelihoods of people in the developing world.
After launching Catalyst, Algene took a leave of absence in January 2021 to return to public service when she was appointed by the Biden-Harris Administration to serve as vice president of the Office of External Affairs and head of Global Gender Equity Initiatives at the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC). In this capacity, she led a team of public affairs professionals, spearheaded the agency’s 2X gender-lens investing initiative, and supported agency diversity, equity and inclusion, and employee engagement efforts. A member of the DFC’s Executive Leadership Team, Algene sat on the agency’s Investment Committee, evaluating transactions over $20 million, and engaged with the Board of Directors and Development Advisory Council. She also served as the agency’s designer to the White House Gender Policy Council.
Algene previously spent nearly two decades on Capitol Hill. She was senior foreign policy and national security advisor to U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (MD) from 2012-2020 and, from 2015-2018, concurrently she was democratic policy director of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (SFRC), making history as the first African American and first African diasporan to serve in a senior leadership role on the prestigious committee. Algene previously held leadership roles in the House of Representatives, including as Democratic staff director for the Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, and Human Rights under the leadership of the late Rep. Donald Payne, Sr. (NJ; chief of staff and legislative director to Rep. Yvette Clarke (NY); and press secretary to the late Rep. John Conyers (MI). During her tenure in Congress, Algene co-led legislative and oversight efforts aimed at improving diversity, equity, and inclusion, in the federal foreign policy and national security workforce, led food aid reform and food security oversight and policy-making efforts, co-founded the Congressional African Staff Association and served as staff lead on several congressional caucuses and task forces, including the Senate National Security Working Group, HIV/AIDS Caucus, the Sudan Caucus, and the CBC’s Foreign Policy and National Security Task Force. A highly effective legislative strategist and coalition builder, Algene has drafted or negotiated several landmark human rights, national security and foreign policy laws, including the Global Magnitsky Human Rights and Accountability Act, the Global Food Security Act, the Elie Wiesel Genocide and Atrocities Prevention Act, the Syrian War Crimes and Accountability Act, the Electrify Africa Act, the Diversity in National Security Act, the Foreign Assistance Transparency and Accountability Act (FATAA), and the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEEE) Act.
Algene has worked on two presidential campaigns; as a political strategist in the private sector; and at nongovernmental institutions, including the Brookings Institution and the Institute of International Education. Most recently, Algene volunteered on the foreign policy and counterterrorism working group for the Biden for President campaign, and on the Biden-Harris Transition’s mock hearing team that helped prepare Secretary of State Tony Blinken for his Senate confirmation hearing.
In her spare time, Algene hosts The Minority Leaders Podcast highlighting the career journeys of women of color in policymaking and politics. She is on the Board of Directors of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS).
Algene holds bachelor’s degrees in English and African American Studies from Howard University, and completed graduate studies in Global Security at John Hopkins University. She earned a 2020 certification from Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executives in National and International Security. Algene is also in the 2023 cohort of the National Security Scholars and Practitioners Program (NSSPP), a thought leadership program of the Johns Hopkins University Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies. She holds an active Top Secret /SCI Security Clearance.
Term Expires: December 31, 2025.
Yvonna Stevens is IYF’s Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President. In this role, she oversees global finance, accounting, compliance, operations, and information technology. She previously served as IYF’s Director, International Finance and Administration from 2007 to 2018, during which time she provided financial management expertise in the oversight of international branch offices, project operations, and regional financial portfolios. Prior to this and since joining IYF in 2001, she worked in a variety of roles diversifying her financial and project experience including Project Finance Officer and Assistant Controller. She has worked in the field of international non-profit finance and operations for 20+ years, and has traveled to support a variety of programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East to develop financial management systems, set up infrastructure for international branch offices, and provide capacity strengthening to local community organizations. Before joining IYF, Yvonna worked as a paralegal with a local attorney network. She received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Morgan State University.
Yvonna volunteers as a Scholars Program Mentor with the Obama Foundation and serves on several boards including Global Health Council, LAYC (Latin American Youth Center) where she is Chair of the Audit Committee, and Poets & Writers. Additionally, Yvonna serves as the USA country representative for IFR4NPO (International Financial Reporting for Non Profit Organizations), a global consortium that advises on the implementation of international financial reporting standards for nonprofit organizations. Yvonna was recognized by Women We Admire as one of the Top 50 Women Leaders in Finance 2022.
Term Expires: December 31, 2023
Carla EckhardtTaracena is drawing on more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit and organizational management in various leadership roles from Chief Operating Officer in a US healthcare system to Country Director for International NGOs, Carla provides strategic and operational leadership to effectively guide organizations to fulfill their mission. Carla hopes to help organizations and clinical practices reach larger audiences, contribute to positive social impact, support innovation, build strong teams, and create meaningful solutions to address the societal challenges of our time. Carla holds an MSc in global management from the Robert Kennedy College business school in Zurich and her BA from Yale University. She lives in Palo Alto with her children and her beloved mutt Olive. While California will always be home, Carla is truly a global citizen at heart.
Term Expires: December 31, 2023
Adrienne is the Managing Director at Redwood Holding LLC, an impact investment company that supports sustainable healthcare solutions for a cleaner planet and healthier communities. She has over 25 years of experience in public health, working across the public, private, and non-profit sectors in the United States, England, Asia, and Africa.
Adrienne’s core competencies include strategic planning, business development, program management, and executive leadership. She is passionate about addressing health inequities and creating long-term impact by empowering local stakeholders and healthcare providers. She has influenced and informed national policies and guidelines, worked in post-conflict and emergency settings, and helped launch a large scale family planning project across 16 countries. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.