Staff

Staff of the Global Fund for Women

We have offices in San Francisco and New York. New York office staff are indicated with (NY).

The Leadership Team:

Musimbi Kanyoro President and CEO
Deborah Holmes Chief of Staff
Elizabeth Schaffer Chief Financial and Operations Officer
Jane Sloane Vice President, Programs
Elaine Martyn Vice President, Development
Clare Winterton Vice President, Advocacy and Innovation

Program Team »

Development Team »

Advocacy & Innovation Team »

Operations Team »

The Executive Office »

Programs

Lisa Block
Program Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa
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As a Peace Corps volunteer for three years in Niger, West Africa, Lisa worked alongside rural community members to encourage the sustainable use of resources, women’s skill-building, and girls’ education. Committed to addressing social inequities in her own community, she held positions with several non-profit organizations in San Francisco, such as the International Institute of the Bay Area, where she created a community dance program for at-risk, adolescent girls. In Senegal, she worked at Tostan, a non-governmental organization that implements a basic education program based on human rights in rural communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. In her first role with the organization, she managed multi-year grants and collaborated with staff across Africa to improve communications and tools for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting. Subsequently, she consulted on Tostan’s Peace and Security Initiative, helping to conduct participatory research with rural communities throughout West Africa about the root causes of conflict and to develop new programming. Lisa earned a bachelor's degree with honors from Brown University, a Masters in International Affairs, Civil Society Development, and Conflict Resolution at the American University of Paris, and a Masters 1 in Political Science at the Sorbonne. While in graduate school, she interned for the Women’s Committee of Amnesty International France, advocating for causes such as further governmental and institutional support for reproductive health care in Burkina Faso. She wrote her Masters thesis on a grassroots approach to peace and security in West Africa, with a focus on women’s inclusion. Lisa loves music and dance from Africa and the Diaspora. She is fluent in French and speaks Spanish and two West African languages.

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Valeria Brabata
Program Director for Latin America & the Caribbean
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Over the past 15 years, Valeria has been a senior consultant in program design, evaluation and mission-driven philanthropy for clients such as the MacArthur Foundation, the WK Kellogg Foundation, the HIV/AIDS Alliance, the Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), and the Mexican Ministry of Health. As Program Officer for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) for the WK Kellogg Foundation, Valeria managed a portfolio of over 80 active grants to promote sustainable development in Southeast Mexico. She previously worked for INSAD, a leading research and consulting firm in Mexico, where she directed a department serving not-for-profits and donor agencies investing in LAC. Valeria holds a Masters in Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley, a certificate in Sustainable Food Systems from the University of Vermont, and a BA in Business from Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. She is working towards a PhD in Agroecology from University of Antioquia in collaboration with UC Berkeley, exploring the role of women in food production and its effect on biodiversity.Valeria received several awards for her academic achievement and social commitment, such as the Inter-American Development Bank fellowship for promising professionals for the development of LAC. Valeria sits on the board of Semillas, the Mexican Fund for Women, participates in several consulting boards, and is a co-founder of Senderos para el Desarrollo Comunitario, a not-for-profit promoting sustainable development in her home state in Mexico.

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PeiYao Chen

PeiYao Chen
Director of Learning, Evaluation and Impact (NY)
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PeiYao Chen has more than ten years of experience in research, evaluation and project management in the non-profit sector, with a strong focus on the empowerment and grassroots activism of women and girls. Prior to joining Global Fund, PeiYao was Associate Director of Evaluation at TCC Group, a management consulting firm providing strategic planning, evaluation and capacity-building services to foundations, nonprofit organizations and corporate community involvement programs. Her work at TCC included evaluation of social service programs, policy and advocacy efforts and capacity building initiatives; organizational assessment; and providing training workshops and technical assistance to build nonprofit evaluation capacity.

Before TCC Group, PeiYao worked as Research Analyst for Girls Incorporated. During this time, she conducted both qualitative and quantitative research with girls to learn about their lives and issues they are facing in their communities. Prior to Girls Inc., PeiYao held positions in various large-scale research and evaluation projects focusing on women and girls, including the Ms. Foundation for Women.

PeiYao received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from National Taiwan University and her Ph.D. in Psychology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her dissertation focused on workers' grassroots activism in New York City Chinatown.

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Sangeeta Chowdhry

Sangeeta Chowdhry
Program Director for Asia Pacific
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Sangeeta has over 20 years of experience in business and international development in the areas of economic and environmental justice. Her most recent work has focused on supporting community solutions to improving access to water and sanitation for those living in poverty. Most recently, at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation she led a 30-city study focused on bringing sanitation services to underserved urban populations across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. At the Acumen Fund, Sangeeta headed a large Gates Foundation initiative that piloted solutions to improve access to safe drinking water across India and Kenya. During her time as Executive Director of League of Artisans, she worked to support livelihoods and traditions of local artisanal crafters in India and prior to that, helped CARE India launch an institution focused on developing the livelihoods and microfinance sectors in India. At the American India Foundation in New York, Sangeeta was involved in grant portfolio assessment and strategy development for their livelihoods grant-making. Sangeeta transitioned to the non-profit sector after spending several years in Silicon Valley's dynamic semiconductor industry. She holds a Master in Public Administration (Program in Economic Policy Management) from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. She also has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University and in Physics from Northeastern University.

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Mariam Gagoshashvili
Program Officer for Europe & Central Asia
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Mariam is a queer feminist from Tbilisi, Georgia. Before joining the Global Fund for Women, Mariam worked at the Women’s Fund in Georgia as a Program Coordinator, managing the Fund’s grantmaking and local philanthropy programs. Mariam serves as an Advisor for two women’s funds: FRIDA - The Young Feminist Fund and the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights. In addition to her engagement with feminist foundations, Mariam has been actively involved in grassroots feminist and LGBTQI activism. She has lectured for the Gender Studies master's program at Tbilisi State University and co-founded the Independent Group of Feminists, an autonomous activist collective run by young women in Georgia. Mariam holds a bachelor's degree in Social Psychology from Tbilisi State University, Georgia and a master's degree in Gender Studies from the Central European University, Hungary. Mariam also spent a year studying at the European College of Liberal Arts in Germany, where her primary research interest was in the field of gender and sexuality.

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Dianne Gallo

Dianne Gallo
Program Officer for Latin America & the Caribbean
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Dianne earned her BA in English and American Literature and Spanish Language and Literature from Brandeis University. She spent six months living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, studying at local universities in conjunction with Butler University's Cooperating Programs in the Americas. Her professional background includes experience as an English teacher at Colegio Publico Federico Garica Lorca in Alcala de Henares, Spain, and as a teacher at Nature Nurture Adventure in San Francisco. Dianne also served as Workshop Coordinator and Facilitator at Leah's Pantry, Inc., a San Francisco non-profit organization. There, she facilitated bilingual nutrition and cooking workshops for children, teens, adults and senior citizens in San Francisco, and coordinated program logistics for over 70 nutrition education workshops serving over 700 low-income individuals throughout California. Before joining the Global Fund, Dianne assisted IDEX's Latin America Program with the translation of reports from grantee partners. She is fluent in Spanish.

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Kelly Gannon
Program Officer for Learning, Evaluation and Impact
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Kelly has extensive NGO and research experience in East Africa, South America, Haiti, and New York City. Most recently, she was the Monitoring & Evaluation Program Manager for Nuru International in Kenya, an NGO working to eliminate extreme poverty in remote rural areas. She has a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University, with a major in political science and a minor in Latin American studies. She received her M.A. in International Affairs from the New School University where she studied human rights and development with a focus on metrics for measuring economic and social rights. She also has experience working as a consultant for Kiva and the UNDP in child welfare for the Vincent J Fontana Center for Child Protection, and on water and sanitation issues for charity: water.

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Caroline Kouassiaman

Caroline Kouassiaman
Program Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa
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Caroline has over ten years experience in the international and U.S. non-profit sectors, including managing field research projects, working in higher education administration and consulting for small non-profits and women-led enterprises planning for growth. Before joining the Global Fund for Women, Caroline worked as a Project Coordinator with Innovations for Poverty Action, where she managed two development field research projects focused on micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and entrepreneurship in urban Ghana. Having lived in the U.S. and several African countries, Caroline is of Ivorian and American heritage and identifies as Pan-African in identity and perspective. Caroline serves as Advisor to the Queer African Youth Networking Center and co-authored a QAYN publication on the lived realities of lesbian, bisexual and queer women in West Africa. She is particularly interested in issues of sexual rights, empowerment of girls and young women, entrepreneurship, and women’s rights in post-conflict contexts. Caroline speaks French and is learning Portuguese. Caroline holds a Master of Public Administration and a M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University.

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Violeta Krasnic

Violeta Krasnic Program Director for Europe, Central Asia, Middle East, and North Africa
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Violeta joined the Global Fund for Women in September 2010 bringing more than 15 years of experience as a human rights advocate, gender-based violence counselor, non-profit management trainer, and video producer. She was born in Macedonia, grew up in Kosovo and Serbia, and has worked throughout Central and Eastern Europe and in the U.S. At the beginning of ’90s, Violeta worked as a gender-based violence counselor in the former Yugoslavia where she also organized outreach and humanitarian support services for women violence survivors and refugees, as well as campaigns to strengthen civil initiatives against nationalism and war. In the U.S., Violeta has conducted research and advocacy on the impact of U.S. foreign policy on women's human rights globally. Prior to the Global Fund, Violeta worked at WITNESS, an international advocacy organization which empowers human rights defenders to use video as a tool for justice. Violeta oversaw WITNESS’ program activities in Europe and the former Soviet Union, including partnerships with locally based human rights organizations and trainings through regional and thematic networks. Videos she has produced have been screened at the US Congress, the State Department, the United Nations, the Council of Europe, and at advocacy events worldwide. Violeta holds an MA from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BA in Psychology (Phi Beta Kapha), also from Columbia. Her native language is Serbian; she is fluent in Croatian and Bosnian, and proficient in Russian, Spanish, and Macedonian. Violeta is a certified yoga teacher who enjoys crocheting (on subways in New York) and sailing (in San Francisco Bay). Watch or read an interview with Violeta Krasnic »

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Muadi Mukenge

Muadi Mukenge
Program Director for Sub-Saharan Africa
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Muadi brings a background of women's health, African politics and economic development in Africa and frequently advises donors on their Africa programs. She presents often, including at international conferences and media outlets such as NPR and Pacifica Radio Affiliates. She has contributed to several articles on women's rights and African development and regularly writes opinions pieces. Since joining the Global Fund in 2004, Mukenge has increased support in the areas of conflict-prevention, economic policy advocacy, empowerment of rural women, and expansion of grants to French-speaking countries. She has stewarded the deepening of support to the women's movement in the Great Lakes Region (DRC, Burundi, CAR), and facilitated GFW grantee convenings in DRC on ending sexual violence and advancing women's rights. Prior to joining the Global Fund in 2004, she served as Program Officer for Africa at the Pacific Institute for Women's Health, where she managed training and evaluation projects, and managed the Pacific Institute's grant-making program and communications initiative. At Coro Southern California, a leadership training institute, she produced communications materials and managed alumni fundraising campaigns. From 1993-1997, Mukenge worked at the African Studies Center at UCLA, where she assisted research initiatives, organized international conferences and the teacher training program, and produced research publications on political transition in Africa. Mukenge holds a Master's Degree in African Studies from UCLA. She is fluent in French and is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Mukenge is active in volunteer organizations focused on African immigrant rights, foreign policy toward Africa, and promotion of human rights in the Congo. Mukenge is on the Boards of Priority Africa Network, New Field Foundation, and the African Studies Association.

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Zahra Radwan
Program Officer for Middle East & North Africa
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Zahra’s work with civil society organizations on issues of human rights and gender equality has taken her to Switzerland, Kenya and Egypt. Most recently, she was the Senior Program Officer at Karama, an international NGO in Egypt working to stop violence against women in the MENA region.

Prior to joining Karama, Zahra led the Human Rights Education program at the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. She interned in Geneva at the UNHCR and the Europe-Third World Center. In Nairobi, she interned with the International Crisis Group working on the Horn of Africa region.

Zahra holds an M.A. degree in International and Comparative Education from the American University in Cairo, where she was awarded the 25th of January Award for Scholarly Excellence for her thesis on how non-Muslims and women are represented in social studies textbooks in middle schools in Egypt. Zahra's second M.A. degree is in Political Science from the University of Geneva, where she researched religious diversity and interfaith understanding, gender equality, and education for peace.

Zahra was born in the U.S. and raised and schooled in Switzerland. She is fluent in French, Arabic and English.

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Kamardip Singh
Program Officer for Asia Pacific
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Kamardip is a native Midwesterner with a bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. Due to her curiosity, she found herself living all over the world, including Bamako, Mali and India. She enjoys deconstructing behavior patterns and social systems in all settings.

Prior to Global Fund, Kamardip spent over two years in India with Indicorps, promoting values-led decision making for community development. She brings this intentionality with values in all aspects of her life. Kamardip has also worked on micro-finance, conservation and fair housing issues and domestic violence prevention. Her exposure to varied causes has emphasized the interconnectedness of all social change and the importance of empowering women.

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Jane Sloane

Jane Sloane
Vice President, Programs
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Prior to joining Global Fund, Jane Sloane was Vice President of Development with Women’s World Banking in New York. She also worked as Executive Director of International Women’s Development Agency, supporting women’s rights organizations across Asia and the Pacific. Jane has held executive positions with social sector organizations including World Vision, Marie Stopes International, Austrade, and the Social Entrepreneurs Network where she was the founding CEO. Jane holds a Master’s degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney and a B.A. (Hons History) from the University of Adelaide. She is a recipient of a Global Ambassadors Award from the Advance Foundation, a Woman of Distinction Award from the Asia Pacific Women’s Business Council, a Churchill Fellowship, an Endeavour Fellowship from the Australian Government, a Human Rights Medal from the Vietnam Women’s Union, a Future Summit scholarship from the Australian Davos Connection, and a Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Fellowship. She serves on the Board of the International Women’s Funding Network and the Sophia Institute and is a Patron of Marie Stopes International. Her blog is janeintheworld.com.

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Siri Svanoe

Siri Svanoe
Program Associate, Cross Regional
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Siri holds a B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology, and Studio Art from St. Olaf College. As part of her studies, Siri spent a semester in Tanzania where her research on cross-gender interactions allowed her to explore the perceived inequalities between men and women and the social constructs that help create them. After she graduated, Siri focused on promoting equal opportunity for oppressed populations, with a specific emphasis on education. She comes to the Global Fund for Women most recently from the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center and Up on Top, a tuition-free education-focused after school program in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. Siri also volunteers weekly with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.

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Margaret Youngs

Margaret Youngs
Program Officer, Asia Pacific
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A native of the East Bay, Margaret is passionate about generating positive change in the world at both the community and international level. Prior to joining Global Fund for Women, she served as the Program Manager for the Africa and Asia region at Opportunity International, a non-profit organization supporting microfinance institutions in over 20 countries around the world. During her time in Chicago, she was an active member of the Chicago Chapter of Women Advancing Microfinance since its founding in 2008. Margaret earned her master's in public policy from the University of Chicago and B.A. in global studies from UC Santa Barbara. She speaks French, a skill improved during her junior year while studying in Toulouse, France. Margaret eagerly seeks out opportunities to travel, even in the form of long walks around the neighborhood or swimming laps around the local pool.

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Development

Janelle Cavanagh

Janelle Cavanagh
Director of Major Gifts, Western Region
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Janelle Cavanagh comes to the Global Fund for Women with over 17 years experience as a development professional. Her passion for the Global Fund for Women arose both from her time as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Thailand and from her seven years as Chief Development Officer for Girls Inc. Janelle has significant experience in building fundraising campaigns from her time at the United Way, as Executive Director of the University of California Press Foundation, and most recently, as Director of National Expansion at Coaching Corps. Janelle is on the Board of the West Coast Children's Clinic and mentors young women in her community.

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Sara Feree

Sara Ferree
Director of Donor Services
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Sara has a passion for connecting people, organizations, and resources to achieve common goals. After graduating from Brown University with a BA in Economics, Sara served in the Peace Corps in Jamaica. As a lifelong volunteer and advocate for increased opportunities for women and children, Sara developed a strong belief that the best way to improve the lives of children is through ensuring equal rights and opportunities for all women. Sara holds an MA in International Policy Studies, Development from the Monterey Institute.

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Vanessa Gibeson

Vanessa Gibeson
Development Associate, Gift Processing
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Vanessa graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies. While focusing her studies on global feminism, she taught HIV prevention to high school students in Los Angeles and promoted women’s reproductive rights on campus. She is passionate about women’s health and sexual rights and access to education. Vanessa is currently working toward a Master of Public Administration degree at San Francisco State University and hopes to use her expertise to improve the lives of women worldwide.

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Eva Kolodner

Eva Kolodner
Director of Major Gifts, Eastern Region (NY)
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Prior to joining the Global Fund, Eva was a Senior Leadership Gifts Officer at the International Rescue Committee, where she was responsible for stewarding relationships with the IRC's highest-level individual donors. Before embarking on a career in nonprofit fundraising, Eva was an independent feature film producer in New York. Most notably, she produced the film Boys Don't Cry, which won an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2000. Eva holds a B.A. in psychology from Yale and she sits on the board of the Reproductive Health Access Project, which seeks to expand women's access to reproductive healthcare and abortion by integrating these services into primary care settings. Eva was named one of Crain's New York Business' “40 under 40” in 2002.

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Taylor Lanfried

Taylor Lanfried
Development Associate
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Taylor graduated from Chapman University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology. At Chapman, one of her many jobs included planning campus-wide events to raise awareness about student health and well-being, sustainability, cultural diversity, education, community service, women's rights and more. Taylor is passionate about women and girls’ access to healthcare and education, and has hopes of one day starting her own non-profit organization to help others in innovative ways.

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Mary Magellan

Mary Magellan
Development Writer
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Mary Magellan completed her Masters in International Policy Studies with a concentration in Conflict Resolution at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She developed a monitoring and evaluation system for Global Fund grantee partner, World Pulse, a media organization covering global issues from women’s perspectives. Passionate about gender and youth development, Mary has conducted research in Sierra Leone on the challenges to peace building, and worked at Search for Common Ground in Morocco, supporting youth mediation trainings, and coordinating monitoring and evaluation efforts. Mary is fluent in French.

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Elaine Martyn

Elaine Martyn
Vice President, Development
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Elaine’s position as Vice President of Development represents the intersection of her personal and professional passions: a commitment to women’s empowerment through high-level, dynamic fundraising. Elaine has lead efforts to build the philanthropic community in the UK, US and Asia. Her career has centered on the advancement of human rights through medical education, social justice, diversity policy, and advocacy using fundraising and political action. Elaine brings her experiences at Refugees International, King’s College London, the British Medical Association, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School to the Global Fund to work with philanthropists who are committed to growing our impact.

Prior to joining Global Fund, she lead the development team at Refugees International in Washington DC. From 2005-2008, she influenced the strategic vision behind King’s College London’s capital campaign, personally raising over $40 million towards medical research and healthcare projects in the UK, Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri-Lanka and the U.S. She served as Head of Research Grants and Trusts at the British Medical Association and managed the work of a 20-member Board of Medical Education, crafting policy on patient rights and medical education.

Elaine double majored in Medical Studies and English Literature and Communications at Gannon University, and has a Master’s degree in Victorian Literature from the University of Leeds. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Women’s Foreign Policy Group and Women in Development. Read More »

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Camille Matson

Camille Matson
Annual Giving Officer
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Camille holds a M.A. in International Policy and Development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. She founded the campus chapter of Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood and is passionate about women’s health and reproductive freedom. Before joining the Global Fund, Camille worked as a Program Assistant for Grantmakers without Borders and as Grants Assistant with the Other Worlds are Possible Giving Circle, making grants directly to grassroots groups in Haiti. Camille spent her childhood summers in the Belgian countryside and lived in Nice, France teaching English to primary school children. Camille speaks French fluently and is improving her Spanish conversation. Camille first joined the Global Fund as an intern of the Sub Saharan Africa program in February of 2010.

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Jenna Payne

Jenna Payne
Events Manager
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Jenna is passionate about bringing people together around important causes. She has been organizing events for the past 10 years for various non-profits in the Bay Area. Prior to the Global Fund, Jenna worked as Program Director for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and Inner City Advisors. Jenna is an advocate for human and environmental rights. She serves on the Board of World Bridges and Global Citizens for Sustainable Development and as an Advisor for the Bali Institute for Global Renewal. Jenna has a bilingual teaching credential and B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego. She loves to travel, and lived in South American for several years, where she worked with eco-villages and as a photographer for Fair Trade Brazil. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

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Renee Saedi

Renee Saedi
Development Associate for Donor Services
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Renee is a passionate supporter of women's rights, with family origins in the Middle East. She earned a B.A. in International Studies, with a concentration in women's issues in the Middle East/North Africa, from UC San Diego. After graduating, Renee traveled to Muscat, Oman with the U.S. State Department's Critical Language Scholarship program. In Muscat, she studied Arabic language and culture, and experienced the challenges Omani women face in a strict gender divide. Prior to working with the Global Fund, Renee worked with Yelp! Inc. selling local advertising.

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Christine Switzer

Christine Switzer
Director of Principal Gifts
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Christine joins the Global Fund for Women with a passion for social change philanthropy and global gender equity. She has over 15 years of fundraising and program experience internationally, in both the public and private sectors. Christine was previously the director of development and external affairs at the International Museum of Women (IMOW). Prior to joining IMOW, she was the director of corporate and foundation relations at the UC Berkeley Law School. In her previous positions, she directed UC Berkeley Extension’s International Programs, worked as consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund where she conducted an evaluation of the Partners in Innovation Program in Latin America and the Caribbean. She also worked as a management consultant at Accenture in Washington, DC, France and the Netherlands, and has worked for the U.S. Embassy in Paris and Madrid. Christine graduated with a Masters degree from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University where she studied international development and education with a focus on gender equity. A graduate of the University of Virginia, she also studied at the Sorbonne and at the Institut de Sciences Politiques in Paris. Christine is fluent in Spanish and French, and proficient in Italian and Portuguese.

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Noelle Williams

Noelle Williams
Development Writer (NY)
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Noelle Williams graduated from the University of Michigan in 2008 with a Bachelor's degree in English. After campaigning for Barack Obama in the 2008 election, she moved to Los Angeles to work for Ms. magazine and its publisher the Feminist Majority Foundation. At Ms., she expanded her knowledge of women's issues and wrote regularly for the magazine and its blog. She continues to freelance for the Ms. Blog and other online publications. A self-proclaimed grammar geek, Noelle is an avid writer and reader.

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Amelia Wu

Amelia Wu
Director of Philanthropic Partnerships
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Amelia joins the team with passion for fundraising as a vehicle for social change. She has over 15 years of both fundraising and program experience with a range of international nonprofit organizations, including Room to Read, the Asia Foundation, Give2Asia, and six years from 1999-2005 on the Programs side of the Global Fund for Women. Amelia believes that the Global Fund plays a special role in the international women’s rights movement and in the field of feminist philanthropy, which makes it a special place to do fundraising. Drawing on her experience as both a fundraiser and a programmer, she hopes to mobilize networks and resources worldwide to help the Global Fund and the international women’s movement achieve its goals. Amelia graduated with a masters in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she focused on international development and political economy, as well as a bachelor of arts in economics from Cornell University. She is also the mother of three girls, who keep her centered and motivate her work to make the world a better place for women and girls.

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Advocacy & Innovation

Zoe Blumenfeld

Zoe Blumenfeld
Communications Manager
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Zoe grew up in the Bay Area and attended the University of California, Santa Cruz where she earned her bachelor’s degree in American Studies with a Journalism emphasis. Her love of writing and storytelling was nurtured at the Santa Cruz Sentinel where she worked as journalist. After serving as marketing coordinator for Visa’s Olympic sponsorship, she followed her passion for writing and education to join the National Writing Project’s communications team. There she specialized in the production of multi-media communications collateral, highlighting the innovative work of dedicated teachers across the nation. Zoe is conversational in Spanish and has spent time traveling in Israel with Jewish American youth.

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Catherine King

Catherine M. King
Executive Producer
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Catherine brings over twenty years experience with major cultural institutions and innovative technology companies leading creative arts and media projects that promote awareness and action on social justice issues. As Vice President of Exhibitions and Programs at the International Museum of Women from 2007-2014, she was responsible for developing award-winning online exhibitions, pop-up installations, public programs, advocacy campaigns, and international partnerships. Major projects included Muslima: Muslim Women’s Art & Voices, MAMA: Motherhood Around the Globe, Economica: Women and the Global Economy, and Women, Power and Politics. Prior to IMOW, Catherine served for six years as Chief Curator of Exhibitions and Programming for the San Francisco Public Library. Before that she led content development for several of the first online education brands including Dummies.com and HungryMinds.com. In previous positions she directed digital storytelling for emerging mobile media platforms at Visible Interactive and Antenna Audio for clients including the Smithsonian Institution, Lucasfilm, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Catherine has consulted to the Bay Area Video Coalition, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and was on staff at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She holds a degree in Art History from Smith College and studied at the Université de Paris (La Sorbonne) and Institut d'Études Politiques. Catherine is on the boards of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the International Association of Women’s Museums and the advisory committee of the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center.

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Shalini Nataraj

Shalini Nataraj
Director of Advocacy and Partnerships (NY)
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Before her current role, Shalini Nataraj was Vice President of Programs at the Global Fund for Women, where she oversaw a grants program that disbursed nearly $9 million annually to support women’s rights initiatives worldwide. Prior to joining Global Fund, Shalini was Associate Director of the Reebok Human Rights Award Program, focused on highlighting the work of young human rights activists. Before joining Reebok, Shalini worked for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee as the acting Director of International Programs, supporting social movements to promote women’s health and reproductive rights as well as political and civil human rights. She has worked with community organizations in Asia, Africa and the United States on human rights and environmental issues.

Shalini has co-founded several advocacy organizations focused on human rights issues such as ending the practice of trafficking, and promoting human rights and democracy in Burma, Rwanda, Burundi and neighboring countries following the Rwandan genocide. Shalini has also worked on sustainable development and corporate social responsibility initiatives.

She serves on the boards of Grantmakers Without Borders and the Women’s Funding Network, among others, and serves on the advisory committees of several more social justice and human rights organizations.

Shalini possesses over 25 years experience in the fields of environmental justice, international development and human rights, working internationally as well as in the United States.

As of July 1, 2012, Shalini will be transitioning to a new role as Director of Advocacy and External Relations in our New York office as part of the Communications Team.

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Krista Walton Potter

Krista Walton Potter
Digital Communications and Editorial Manager
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Krista has a variety of writing and editing experience, as well as a passion for global women's rights and gender equity. Since joining IMOW in 2009, Krista has managed website production, content development, and social media outreach for all major IMOW projects, including Economica, MAMA, Muslima, and the Curating Change series. Prior to this, Krista worked as the assistant editor for Preservation magazine in Washington, D.C., a general assignment reporter for The Maui News in Hawaii, and a freelance writer and editor. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, AARP Bulletin, Washington City Paper, and AlterNet.org. Krista grew up in Lahaina, Hawaii, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern California with a BA in English and a minor in photography, and studied Art History and African Literature at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

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Juliana Britto Schwartz

Juliana Britto Schwartz
Digital Communications and Media Manager
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Juliana has extensive experience in online organizing for women's rights movements. As a young feminist blogger and writer, Juliana writes about feminism for Latinas, covering a range of topics, from immigration to reproductive justice. She has written for various outlets including Feministing, the Feminist Wire, and the Huffington Post as well as her own blog, Latina Feminista. Juliana manages content development, website production, and social media outreach for IMOW. Juliana graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Latin American and Latino/a Studies and a minor in Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies.

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Laura Shapiro

Laura Shapiro
Director of Online Communications
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Laura has been designing and building for the web since 1996, primarily for non-profit organizations and educational institutions in San Francisco. She led Mother Jones through two redesigns in her six years there. Her roots are in feminist theater, and prior to her work on the web she directed plays, stage managed, administered, and fundraised for dozens of non-profit theaters in the bay area, including the Brava Theater Center and the Working Women Festival.

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Anna Tenuta

Anna Tenuta
Social Media Coordinator (NY)
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Anna Tenuta graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a degree in English Language & Literature and Political Science. Prior to joining the Global Fund for Women, Anna was a Senior Account Executive at Hellerman Baretz Communications in New York where she spearheaded strategic communications efforts on behalf of clients including law firms, health care systems, and financial services firms. Anna’s passion for digital and social media began during her time as a Jeff Metcalf Fellow at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, where she focused on international security issues including nuclear weapons, biosecurity, and climate change.

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Clare Winterton

Clare Winterton
Vice President, Advocacy and Innovation
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Clare Winterton led the International Museum of Women (IMOW) for five years as its Executive Director. During her leadership, IMOW created seven exhibitions which inspired and activated over 2 million visitors, and held events and installations in 14 countries on five continents. She led IMOW’s merger with Global Fund for Women to create a bold new force for awareness and action on women’s human rights. Clare combines a deep commitment to social justice with a passion for culture, media and the arts and has been a regular contributor to the Huffington Post on the women’s rights and popular culture. Clare is a former Head of Communications for Prince Charles’ charity for at-risk youth, The Prince’s Trust, and a former Vice President of the Women’s Funding Network. Clare holds an MBA with distinction from Cambridge University, with an emphasis on international business strategy and nonprofit leadership. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and her young children, Pearl and Felix.

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Eliza Barrios

Eliza Barrios
Desktop Support Technician
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Eliza is a first-generation Filipina-American who grew up in Hawaii, the Philippines and San Diego. She holds a BA from San Francisco State University and an MFA (the first in her family!) from Mills College. Eliza has over a decade’s experience as a Newswire Editor and as a Help Desk Technician. Leaving her corporate position, she decided to travel to the Philippines, Argentina, Mexico, Southeast Asia, and Brazil for a few years where she became critically aware of a wide range of social justice issues and struggles around the world. A fervent geek, artist and volunteer with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, her interests include art, politics, bicycling, food and anything that expands her mind.

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Olga Budu

Olga Budu
Program Associate, Grants Operations
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Olga is originally from the Republic of Tuva in Southeastern Siberia, Russia. She received her law degree at the Urals State Law Academy and B.A. in Development Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her studies took her to West Africa, where she attended University of Ghana to learn more about their development processes. Olga is passionate about many different issues of justice: in addition to her work at the Global Fund, she volunteers to raise awareness about environmental issues in indigenous territories of Russia. When she’s not working, you can find her jogging the streets of San Francisco, or supporting Tuvan throat-singing bands during their US tours.

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Wendi Deetz
Staff Accountant
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Wendi joins the Global Fund after working as the Operations Manager for the National AIDS Memorial, a living tribute to all lives touched by HIV/AIDS. She is a passionate anti-violence activist and self-defense instructor. Since moving to the Bay Area 12 years ago, she has served as a board member and teaching collective member for several feminist, anti-violence organizations. In 2007, Wendi had the life-changing opportunity to travel to Kenya to train self-defense instructors in Nairobi for "I’m Worth Defending," an innovative violence-prevention program that provides resources for survivors. Wendi holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English & Women’s Studies and a minor in Queer Studies from UCLA. Wendi believes it’s incredibly important to be out - as a survivor, a queer woman, and as a white and trans ally. A California native, Wendi lives in Oakland with her five-year-old mutt, Djuna. She speaks Spanish and would very much like to know more than a few phrases in Swahili one day.

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Amira Elkashef

Amira Elkashef
Bookkeeper & Fiscal Sponsorships Coordinator
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Amira is first generation Egyptian-American. She grew up in Montreal, Canada where she learned to speak English, Arabic, and French. Amira earned her B.A in Political Science from California State University Channel Islands where she developed a strong passion for women's rights which culminated in a thesis titled, "The Role of Gender in War." Her thesis explored and proposed gendered economies as being the main reason that women are disproportionately affected during times of war. After graduating college, Amira moved to San Francisco where she joined the Western Regional Office of Amnesty International USA as an outreach and administrative intern.

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Iris Garcia

Iris Garcia
Program Officer, Grants Operations
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Caron Gugssa-Howard
Front Desk Associate
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A native of Oakland, Caron comes to Global Fund with over 10 years of experience in administrative support. She worked for various nonprofits including Oxfam, Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. Caron is well versed on the inner workings of organizations and truly understands the importance of being the first point of contacts for Global Fund visitors.

Caron holds a bachelor's degree in Marketing Communications from Emmanuel College. Caron also supports and advocates for those who are wrongfully convicted and incarcerated, families impacted by incarceration and conducts workshops helping women to become self-actualized.

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Sarita Hiatt
Program Associate, Grants Operations
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Sarita earned a B.A. in English with a minor in Women's Studies at Wheaton College in Massachusetts. A native of Berkeley, California, she volunteered from an early age with Narika, a helpline for South Asian survivors of domestic violence in the Bay Area. She also worked as a grant writer for the Niroga Institute, an organization dedicated to bringing transformative skills to underserved and incarcerated youth. Sarita is fluent in French.

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Karen Ishimaru

Karen Ishimaru
Information Management Officer
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Karen earned her undergraduate degree in East Asian Studies at UC Berkeley and has a Masters in Public Policy from UCLA. She spent a year in Japan studying at the International Christian University and later coordinated an exchange program bringing together nonprofit professionals in the U.S. and Japan. She has worked with various nonprofits in the Bay Area that focus on youth and financial literacy. Prior to joining Global Fund, she worked as a research associate with a consulting firm providing evaluation and information-based services.

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Mira Khawam

Mira Khawam
Program Associate, Grants Operations
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Mira grew up as a “citizen of the world.” She’s traveled all over the globe and lived in Pakistan, Jamaica, Canada, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Vanuatu, just to name a few.

After graduating from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Mira lived briefly in Beirut and Chicago before settling in Dubai, where she launched the first monthly Arabic magazine for university students across the Arabian Gulf. She is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.

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Clare Kritter
Program Associate, Grants Operations
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Clare holds a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in African Studies from Colorado College. She spent a semester in Nairobi, Kenya studying development and public health with the School for International Training. She has traveled to Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Spain to study anti-globalization and indigenous movements. Upon graduation, Clare was awarded a grant to film a documentary about Afro-Ecuadorian movements, environmental degradation and industrial shrimp farming in coastal Ecuador. Clare also collaborated with NGOs in Ecuador to direct a short informational film addressing social infrastructure and cultural norms surrounding trash collection. In San Francisco, she volunteered with the Valentino Achak Deng Foundation and interned with the Foundation for Sustainable Development. Clare is fluent in Spanish, and an avid reader, hiker, and lifelong student of dance and performance.

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Maria Rohani
Program Associate, Grants Operations
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Maria holds a B.A. in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies, as well as a minor in African-American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. She spent a semester abroad at the University of Ghana where she studied African foreign policy and development. With a passion for academic research, she traveled to Cambridge University to represent UC Berkeley at a global research summit focusing on political theory and international globalization. Before coming the Global Fund, she was a research assistant at Berkeley Law School where she studied the legal and social implications of Arizona’s SB 1070. Maria has interned for the International Rescue Committee and Human Rights Watch in San Francisco. Born in France and raised in the Bay Area, Maria speaks French and Farsi.

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Elizabeth Schaffer

Elizabeth Schaffer
Chief Financial and Operations Officer
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Elizabeth (Liz) Schaffer, M.N.A. is a nonprofit leader, consultant, trainer, and author. Immediately before joining the Global Fund, she was Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Funding Network – a worldwide partnership of women’s funds, donors, and allies. She is the co-author of Financial Leadership forNonprofit Executives: Guiding Your Organization to Long Term Success. Liz is a very popular trainer at CompassPoint’s workshops and conferences and lectures in Nonprofit Financial Management at The University of San Francisco, Stanford University , and University of California, Berkeley. In her consulting work, Liz coaches nonprofit leaders and helps organizations enhance their decision-making ability by improving the quality of their financial data and analysis.

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Annalisa Synnestvedt

Annalisa Synnestvedt
Director of Finance and New York Operations (NY)
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Annalisa brings more than 15 years of non-profit and private sector financial management and accounting experience to her work as Director of Finance and New York Operations. Prior to joining GFW in 2004, Annalisa worked with other internationally-focused non-profit organizations. She earned her B.A. in Women’s Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia and undertook graduate research in Women’s Studies at UCLA. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration (MPA) in the Executive program at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

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Randy Trigg

Randy Trigg
Senior Information Management Officer
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Randy received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in computer science. He lived and taught in Denmark for three years where he learned the practice of participatory design from its Scandinavian founders. Randy has also lived in Vietnam and Brazil. He was born in the US and speaks English and Danish.

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Genevieve Zaragoza

Gennie Zaragoza
Accounting Manager
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A dedicated nonprofit professional, Gennie has served more than 20 years as the accountant for organizations varying in size, from start-ups to established foundations. For more than ten years, she managed the compilation services for clients of Ghaffari Zaragoza, LLP, a firm recognized for an outstanding record in the philanthropic field. Gennie graduated with honors from Mills College in Business Economics.

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Deborah Holmes

Deborah Holmes
Chief of Staff
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Deborah has a BA in Journalism from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Deborah has more than 30 years experience in media, healthcare, executive relations, internal/external communications, special events, and not-for-profit. As Senior Vice President at Fleishman Hillard International Communications, Deborah served a variety of clients the retail, healthcare, pharmaceutical, public health and technology sectors. In addition to serving as Global Co-Chair of the Multicultural Practice group, Deborah was also member of the firm’s Global Healthcare and Sustainability practice groups where she helped guide award winning programs and initiatives.

Prior to Fleishman-Hillard she served as Director of Public Relations and Marketing for Truman Medical Centers, an academic health system in Kansas City, Missouri. An accomplished television news reporter and analyst for more than 30 years, Deborah has worked for local and international news organizations. She has received numerous awards for investigative reporting and documentaries. Deborah is conversant in French.

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Musimbi Kanyoro

Musimbi Kanyoro
President and CEO
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Musimbi Kanyoro is a passionate advocate for women and girls’ health and human rights, and social change philanthropy and is the current President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. Dr. Kanyoro is an accomplished leader with three decades of experience managing international non-governmental organizations, global programs, and ecumenical agencies in cross-cultural contexts. She is a strategic leader who inspires people, and mobilizes action and resources. She is the author of dozens of articles, hundreds of speeches and opinion pieces and has written and co-edited 7 books. Musimbi is a frequently sought after public speaker.

Dr. Kanyoro also serves on several International Boards and working groups including the Aspen Leaders Council, the UN High level Taskforce for Reproductive Health and the boards of CARE, IntraHealth and CHANGE.

Dr. Kanyoro has PhD in Linguistics from the University of Texas, Austin and a Doctorate in Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was a visiting scholar of Hebrew and the Old Testament at Harvard University. She has received three honorary doctorates and several recognition awards, including a leadership award from the Kenya Government and most recently she was named as one of the 21 women leaders for the 21st century by Women’s E-News.

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Christine Pallatto

Christine Pallatto
Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development
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joins the Global Fund from AchieveMission, where she was a consultant and provided performance and talent management design and implementation solutions to organizations in the non profit sector. She has over 25 years of Human Resources experience spanning non-profit, entrepreneurial and global organizations. Previously, she was the Director of Human Resources at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, where she contributed to the creation and implementation of their HR strategy, practices and programs. Christine has extensive experience in human resources in the financial services industry. She is a member of the Advisory Board of AchieveMission; she is active with the Northern California Human Resources Association and is also a mentor for women interested in careers in Human Resources. Christine has a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling from San Francisco State University, and is conversant in French.

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