Global Health Council’s programming is currently supported by the following individuals:
Danielle HeibergSenior Advocacy Manager
Elizabeth KohlwaySenior Manager, External Affairs & Operations
Melissa ChackoPolicy Associate
Anupama VarmaCommunications Associate
Danielle Heiberg is the Senior Advocacy Manager 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.
Elizabeth (Liz) Kohlway is the Communications & Member Engagement Manager at Global Health Council. In this role, Liz drives the organization’s communication strategy and manages the membership recruitment and engagement platforms. Moreover, Liz brings together members and partners to strengthen the voice of the global health community and effectively reach key stakeholders such as U.S. and global government officials and donors. Prior to joining GHC, she was a Programs Assistant at Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB), acting as chief liaison between country field offices and the organization’s headquarters in New York. Previously, Liz managed operations for a public relations and consulting firm specializing in radio and television services. Liz received a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University and completed her undergraduate studies in English and Political Science at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. In her free time, Liz enjoys exercising outdoors and traveling to new countries.
Melissa Chacko is a 2017-18 Global Health Corps Fellow and currently provides administrative support and management to the Global Health Council Advocacy team as Policy Associate. Outside of the fellowship, she is currently on the national Partners in Health Engage Steering Committee as an advocacy lead organizer and works with chapters across the United States to mobilize Partners in Health Engage advocacy campaigns. Melissa attended Binghamton University in New York, majoring in biological anthropology with a minor in Africana studies. During her time at Binghamton, she was a research assistant for the Africana Studies Department and worked on various qualitative and quantitative global health research studies. Melissa was the Universities Allied for Essential Medicines Binghamton chapter president and advocacy lead for the Partners in Health Engage Binghamton chapter where she met with Senator Chuck Schumer’s staff to increase funding for PEPFAR and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Anupama (Anu) Varma is a 2017-2018 Global Health Corps Fellow and currently supports the Global Health Council team as their Communications Associate. In this role, she manages GHC’s social media platforms, coordinates the GHC News Flash newsletter, maintains the GHC website, and assists with other relevant communications and logistical needs. Prior to joining GHC, Anu interned with the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, which provides emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery services for local incidents including public health emergencies. In this role, she supported their community outreach efforts and received valuable FEMA-certified training in the Incident Command System (ICS). She completed her undergraduate studies (engineering) in Chennai, India, and in 2016, attained her Master of Science degree in Biodefense from George Mason University, where her focus was on global health security policy, emergency management, and virology/microbiology. Growing up, she was engaged in various child education workshops and polio vaccination campaigns and has witnessed the increased power of these campaigns through social media. She is fluent in various Indian languages and knows some French and Japanese. Anu’s global wish list includes visiting the ancient ruins of Egypt, experiencing deep-sea diving, and learning to play the guitar.
Moreover, Global Impact serves as GHC’s Secretariat, providing the organization with additional operational services. The leadership team for the Secretariat is Scott Jackson, President & CEO and Kathleen Lowenthal, Managing Director, Partner Solutions.
Global Impact is a leader in growing global philanthropy. The organization builds partnerships and raises resources that help the world’s most vulnerable people by providing integrated, partner-specific advisory and secretariat services; campaign design, marketing and implementation for workplace and signature fundraising campaigns; and fiscal agency, technology services and integrated giving platforms. Global Impact works with approximately 300 public and private workplace giving campaigns to generate funding for an alliance of more than 100 international charities. Through strategic council and implementation support, Global Impact enables private sector and nonprofit organizations to achieve their philanthropic goals. The organization serves as administrator for two of the world’s largest workplace giving campaigns, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) of the National Capital Area and CFC Overseas. Since 1956, Global Impact has generated more than $1.8 billion to help the world’s most vulnerable people.