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Executive Office

Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins

President and Chief Executive Officer


Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins serves as president and CEO of PAI. Nabeeha brings 25 years of movement building, advocacy, fundraising and international development experience in public health, food and nutrition security and human rights. She has dedicated her career to driving equitable health, social and development outcomes for women, youth and vulnerable communities around the world.

Nabeeha came to PAI from the nonprofit organization KABOOM!, where she served as vice president of programs and directed large-scale organizational initiatives to propel the movement for playspace equity. Prior to KABOOM!, Nabeeha served as executive director of No Wasted Lives, a global coalition dedicated to combating acute malnutrition in children. She is also the founder of Humanitas Global, an international development organization that advances programs in agricultural development, food and nutrition security, climate resilience and youth and women’s empowerment. Nabeeha has served in senior roles with the global communications firm FleishmanHillard and The Clinton Foundation’s Global HIV/AIDS Initiative, and implemented advocacy and community development programs for UNICEF, the EastWest Institute and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).

Born in Pakistan and raised in Mexico, Nabeeha has worked on development programs in more than 20 countries worldwide. She has collaborated with and advised heads of state, national and local leaders, CEOs and senior executives from across sectors, and worked side by side with community partners who are driving frontline change. Nabeeha holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University and dual master’s degrees in international affairs and public health from Columbia University. Nabeeha is based in Washington, D.C., where she resides with her husband, Coleman, and two young children.

Lydia Sermons

Vice President of Strategic Positioning and Alignment


Lydia Sermons serves as vice president of strategic positioning and alignment. She has more than 25 years of experience leading strategic communications and organizational strategy, including change management; high-performing communications teams; policy and public engagement strategies; and diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Her work spans across city and federal governments, including the White House, Congress, national nonprofit organizations and public relations firms.

Prior to joining PAI, Lydia was appointed as chief communications strategist to Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, during which time she led the Mayor’s Office of Communications and the City’s crises communications responses to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial justice demonstrations. She also led communications for the City’s Department of Watershed Management. Lydia has previously served as communications director for former Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency. On Capitol Hill, she was press secretary to a former Pennsylvania member of Congress.

As chief of staff for the Black Women’s Health Imperative, she oversaw operations as well as advocacy and funding outreach on sexual and reproductive health and rights and gender equality issues. Lydia’s expertise in health communications and health equity is built upon her work as a senior advisor and communications director at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health and FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs; the American Psychiatric Association; and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also led racial equity initiatives as press secretary for President Clinton’s “One America, the President’s Initiative on Race.” As executive director of the National Park Foundation’s African American Experience Fund, she served as a technical advisor to the Obama administration and helped to induct new heritage sites into the national park system. At the U.S. Treasury Department and the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, she led financial management and equity communications.

Lydia’s communications career began in radio and television production in Philadelphia, PA. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Temple University, a master’s degree in broadcast journalism and public affairs from American University and a certificate in corporate community relations from Boston College. Lydia is a native of south Georgia. She recently relocated to Atlanta with her family after residing in the Washington, D.C. metro area for nearly 25 years.

Lisa Morales

Executive Assistant


Lisa grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and attended Juniata College. Upon completion of her B.A. degree, she moved to Washington, D.C. and began her career working at non-profit organizations. She has worked for some extraordinary organizations such as Conservation International, Open Society Foundations and, most recently, the National Park Foundation.

Having gained experience and formal training and education in communications and production work at the National Park Foundation, Lisa began her own business in early 2018 and will be bringing this skill set, along with a history of supporting executives and senior leadership, to PAI. Lisa is excited to be joining the staff in her new role as the executive assistant to the president. She resides in Washington, D.C. and enjoys travel, reading and singing.


Development

Carmen Mullins

Vice President of Institutional Advancement


Carmen Mullins serves as the vice president for institutional advancement at PAI. She is a member of the executive team and leads the organization’s fundraising and resource development efforts.

Carmen came to PAI from the Jane Goodall Institute, where she was the vice president of development working closely with the founder, global philanthropic partners and governments to spearhead transformative conservation and youth empowerment networks. Carmen brings more than two decades of nonprofit experience to PAI, having also designed and led major fundraising and best-in-class donor engagement initiatives for The Nature Conservancy, the Smithsonian Institution and ActionAid.

Fluent in English and Spanish, she has extensive, country-level experience across Africa and the Americas in community conservation, human rights, poverty alleviation and social enterprise.

Skilled in advocacy, cross-sector collaboration and movement building, she sees the strategic priorities of PAI as aligned with critical development outcomes, including climate resilience, gender equality and economic empowerment. Carmen lives with her husband, Jonathan, in Arlington, VA.

Elena Garofalo

Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations


Elena Garofalo manages PAI’s portfolio of grants from institutional funders — including public, private and multilateral institutions — and guides the development and implementation of the organization’s institutional fundraising strategy. She has over 12 years of experience in the nonprofit sector supporting programs focused on sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s rights and international relations.

Prior to joining PAI, Elena worked at the Guttmacher Institute, where she worked closely with technical experts and philanthropic leaders to develop strategic programs and procure funds to combat pressing global health issues and increase access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. She also worked at the Women’s Refugee Commission and National Committee on American Foreign Policy.

Elena earned her master’s degree in public and nonprofit management and policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and her bachelor’s degree in international relations and Italian from Mount Holyoke College.

Christy Gretsinger

Manager of Development Operations


Christy comes to PAI with over 10 years of experience working in financial institutions, specializing in the detailed processes involved with IRS tax levies and garnishments and customer relations. She also worked as a program coordinator for a grant program aimed at assisting first-generation college students and as an undergraduate teaching assistant at UMBC. During her time in the financial sector, she gained expertise in improving workflows and processes. She’s excited to transition these skills over to the Development Team.

Christ has a Bachelor’s in History with a minor in Political Science and Women’s Studies from her alma mater, Notre Dame of Maryland University. She also obtained her Master’s in Historical Studies from UMBC. Her thesis focused on the definition of feminism during the Owenite movement—a 19th century British work-class movement.


Finance

Beryl Isaac

Chief Financial Officer


Beryl is responsible for all of PAI’s financial accounting, audit and reporting functions. Additionally, she administers the organization’s overall financial plans, programs and policies, and oversees compliance with regulatory and governing agencies.

Beryl leverages 20+ years of financial leadership to her role at PAI. Beryl’s career in finance started at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where she worked as an audit supervisor. She then moved on to various leadership roles within several impactful nonprofit organizations in Washington, D.C., including the Urban Institute, the Academy for Educational Development (AED) and the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). At ELC, Beryl provided strategic leadership and direction for all of the organization’s financial activities as vice president and executive director of finance. Through all of her roles, she led her teammates in achieving transformational results, ensuring and improving financial stability of the organizations.

Beryl earned her bachelor’s degree in accounting at the University of Maryland Global Campus, formerly known as the University of Maryland University College. She has also passed the certified public accountant exam. Proud to be one of the few native Washingtonians, she currently resides in Maryland with her family.

Garrett Michael

Controller


Garrett joined PAI in 2020 and brings an array of financial management leadership. He has over 20 years of accounting service in various business segments, to include 15 years in the nonprofit industry. At PAI, Garrett manages the day-to-day financial operations with a dynamic team and provides strategic support to the vice president of finance.

He previously worked at the American Wind Energy Association, American Psychiatric Association and Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. In addition, Garrett takes pride in his military service. He has honorably served in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Garrett has an accounting degree from the University of Maryland Global Campus and is currently completing a business analytics certificate from Cornell University. He resides in Maryland with his wife and children.

Nikea Winston

Concur Manager


Nikea Winston comes to PAI as the Concur Manager. She will administer and manage the Concur software as well as train PAI staff. She has over 14 years of accounting experience working in the non-profit field.

Prior to coming to PAI, Nikea worked for Zero to Three for 7 years from an Accounts Payable Associate to Senior Accounting Associate before her departure. She has worked with the Concur software since 2012. Nikea is a fan of music, traveling, and activities with her family. She resides in Washington, DC with her husband and son.

Cecilia Principi

Staff Accountant


Cecilia serves as the Staff Accountant and is responsible for accounts payables, receivables, financial reporting, reconciliation, tax and compliance. She is a financial professional and has 20 years of experience identifying organizational opportunities that drive down costs, enhance compliance and drive greater process efficiencies.

Prior to PAI, she worked with clients in financial services, management consulting and tax businesses. Cecilia holds a B.S. in accounting from George Mason University.


Information Resources and Technology

Sarah M. Reidy

Director of Information Technology


Sarah develops and maintains PAI’s information technology infrastructure as well as using technology to make PAI’s work more effective. Sarah has worked in information technology for over 30 years: she loves the ever-changing nature of technology and the opportunities that it presents.

Sarah has a dual undergraduate degree in Physical Anthropology and Biomedical Science from Western Michigan University; she learned to love computers and technology while in Field School.

Denis Vargas

Manager of Information Technology


As IT associate, Denis supports and maintains PAI’s information technology infrastructure as well as PAI’s primary point of contact for the IT helpdesk. He is involved in implementing new technologies and manages key junior administrative duties. Denis started working for PAI as an IT intern in May 2016 while attending undergraduate school full time.

Denis graduated from George Mason University in December, 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. He was presented with the opportunity to work full time and did not hesitate to accept the offer. Denis is very passionate about technology and wishes to use that knowledge to assist people


Marketing and Communications

Elianne Ramos

Senior Director of Communications


Elianne Ramos serves as PAI’s senior director of communications and is a member of the organization’s executive team. She has over 24 years of experience in roles ranging from public relations, strategy development, creative direction, public speaking, to TV commercial production.

Elianne comes to PAI from LatinoJustice, where she served as chief communications officer. Recently, she was named an international committee member of Women Leaders of the Americas by the Documentation Sciences Foundation and the Organization of American States (OAS); as well as an advisory board member for the United Nations ModelUN News program. She was also the Latino Digital Coalitions Desk for the Hillary Clinton campaign. Prior to that, she was principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic and founder of the Border Kids Relief Project.

Known online as @ERGeekGoddess, Elianne is an award-winning, nationally recognized social entrepreneur and community advocate. She is considered one of the most influential Latinas on social media. For years, Elianne has lent her expertise to projects that raise civic participation, including collaborations with the White House, governmental institutions and major civic-centered organizations. She is also an internationally sought-after public speaker, with recent presentations at the VIII International Congress of the Spanish Language (organized by the Spanish Crown) in Argentina, the World Communications Forum in Geneva, at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, the International Communications Week in Brazil and others.

Recognition for her work includes being named a 2018 Iconic Woman Creating a Better World at the Women Economic Forum in The Hague, Netherlands, 2017 Latina of Influence by Hispanic Lifestyle Magazine, 2016 Hispanic Leader by the U.S. Embassy of Spain and Fundación Carolina, 2015 Girl Scouts Distinguished Woman of the Year Award2014 Women Media Center Social Media Award2014 Maryland Governor Social Innovation award2013 SmartCEO Brava Awards and many more.

Susan Patterson

Manager of Donor Communications


Susan has extensive experience in nonprofit communications, including 16 years with an advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. where she led the production of award-winning annual reports, newsletters and other communications collateral highlighting the organization’s achievements.

Since 2016 Susan has worked in international development with a focus on gender equality, and recently completed a fundraising fellowship with Plan International’s Region of the Americas headquarters in Panamá. Prior international fieldwork includes a Kiva Fellowship in Ghana and a fundraising consulting project with a small women’s empowerment nonprofit in Thailand.

Susan holds a B.A. in Rhetoric and Communications from the University of Virginia. She lives in Washington D.C. and in her free time enjoys running, biking and hiking.

Katie Unthank

Digital Design and Editorial Content Manager


Katie Unthank serves as PAI’s digital design and editorial content manager and brings over 10 years of experience as a communications specialist working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Her passion is bringing about impact by developing and designing high-quality campaigns that amplify women’s and girls’ stories and experiences in unique and creative ways.

Katie comes to PAI from the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), where she served as the communications manager and played a critical role in developing and executing communications strategies to secure and protect SRHR by shaping U.S. foreign policy. Prior to CHANGE, she held the role of communications and knowledge management coordinator within the Population Council’s SRHR program.

Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in public communications from American University in Washington, D.C., and completed a minor in women’s, gender and sexuality studies

Jennifer Pierre

Digital Communications Associate


Jennifer serves as the Digital Communications Associate and raises the online visibility of the organization by developing and implementing digital strategies through PAI’s website, social media and email outreach. She is a strategic thinker with a passion for diverse and impactful storytelling and is skilled in communication, branding and analytics.

Prior to PAI, she worked at several digital marketing agencies for clients in diverse industries. She executed the life cycle of strategic marketing campaigns from strategy, messaging, implementation and tracking.

Jennifer holds a Master of Science in Entrepreneurial Management from Babson College and Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Miami.

Meredith Radel

Communications Associate


Meredith works with the Communications and Development departments to provide external relations and administrative assistance. She earned her B.A. from William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA in Global Studies and German, and completed a minor in Global Business. Before joining PAI, Meredith managed marketing and digital content for a branch of an international affairs non-profit at her university.


People and Culture

Cydney Bunn

Senior Director of People and Culture


Cydney is a seasoned human resources (HR) executive with experience working across cultures to design and bolster global HR departments for several nonprofits. She has an extensive track record serving as a strategic advisor and creating HR and operations strategies for international development agencies in the United States and numerous other countries.

At PAI, Cydney is responsible for developing and executing HR strategy in support of the organization’s overall business plan and strategic direction, specifically in the areas of succession planning, talent management, change management, organizational and performance management, training and development as well as compensation. Additionally, she provides strategic leadership by articulating HR needs and plans to the executive team, board of directors and shareholders.

Cydney holds a bachelor’s degree in human resources from the University of Maryland.

Caroline Chepkwony

Senior Manager of People and Culture


Caroline Chepkwony serves as the senior manager of people and culture at PAI. With nearly a decade of experience as a human resources (HR) professional enriched with a domestic and international background, Caroline is responsible for providing staff with full HR infrastructures, including employee relations, policy and procedure development, performance management and benefits administration.

Prior to joining PAI, Caroline served as an HR and operations manager at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she was responsible for U.S. and international HR and operations. Caroline also has extensive experience working with community organizations and charter schools in Washington, D.C., empowering and helping reroute the futures of Black youth with low levels of educational attainment living in high levels of racialized poverty, unemployment and crime. Caroline is passionate about continuing her mission of improving and protecting the web of life that connects all living things through our work PAI.


PHC Performance Initiative (PHCPI)

Jeff Markuns

Interim Executive Director


As a practicing family doctor for the urban underserved, with fellowship training in health professional education and almost two decades of experience in postgraduate training for family medicine, Jeff Markuns has developed a deep understanding of front-line primary health care and the human resource capacity building necessary to support its success. As executive director of the Boston University Global Health Collaborative, Jeff has led successful long-term family medicine development programs over the past decade to promote primary health care system strengthening throughout southeast Asia and Lesotho in southern Africa, working towards national-level scale up of horizontally- and vertically-integrated primary care service delivery models. Jeff’s experience with challenges in measuring and evaluating this success drives his pursuit of more and better measurement with PHCPI. Jeff received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, his medical degree at Saint Louis University and his master’s in education at Boston University. He previously served as the deputy director of PHCPI.

Emily Bigelow

Senior Advocacy and Partnerships Officer


Emily Bigelow is passionate about strong health systems, social justice and the power of advocacy to drive change. As part of the secretariat, she leads PHCPI’s efforts to build partnerships across health and development, manages the Allies Improving PHC network and makes the case for strategic investments in primary health care. Previously, she was a director at Global Health Strategies, where she provided advocacy and communications support to leading actors in global health, with a focus on universal health coverage and health systems reform. As part of this work, Emily helped to launch Universal Health Coverage Day in 2014 — now officially recognized by the United Nations — and supported UHC2030 to grow the annual campaign until 2020. She enjoys building coalitions, bridging the technical and the political and bringing creative ideas to life. She has worked on a range of issues, including gender equity, sexual and reproductive health and rights, neglected tropical diseases, quality medicines and more. Emily graduated magna cum laude from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and a minor in global health and health policy.

Colleen Keating

Operations Associate


Colleen Keating provides operational support for PHCPI. With a background in research and evaluation, her goal is to support strong measurement that informs strategic health policies and partnerships. Prior to joining PHCPI, Colleen worked as a research associate on a national health and aging study, where she coordinated the development of survey instruments and field staff training. As a monitoring & evaluation specialist in Madagascar, she evaluated a sexual health education curriculum and led qualitative and quantitative participatory research. Colleen holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Boston University and a master’s degree in reproductive and sexual health research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Policy and Advocacy

Craig Lasher

Senior Fellow


Craig monitors and analyzes foreign assistance legislation and advocates in support of international family planning and reproductive health programs to congressional offices, executive branch agencies, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations.

Named as Senior Fellow in 2015, he joined PAI in 1981 while completing his master’s degree in International Affairs at the American University School of International Service. He received his undergraduate degree in Government from Hamilton College. Craig was previously PAI’s Director of U.S. Government Relations between 2009 and 2014. He served on the board of directors of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, a coalition of over 500 businesses and NGOs promoting higher funding for international affairs programs, from 1998 to 2016. He has also been a member of the scorecard advisory committee of the League of Conservation Voters for over two decades.

Wendy Turnbull

Senior Advisor, International Advocacy


Wendy guides and implements PAI’s international advocacy strategy to increase political and financial support for sexual and reproductive health and rights globally and nationally. She focuses on cultivating and supporting Southern CSO partners to strengthen advocacy capacity and develop effective strategies and messages for sustained SRHR advocacy. Wendy advises and manages small advocacy grants, provides targeted advocacy TA, and connects Southern advocates to regional and global initiatives.

She led PAI’s Global Gag Rule Impact Project documenting the policy’s harm to family planning services and supplies, and continues to monitor and assess U.S. policy and funding trends in the field. Prior to joining PAI in 1999, Wendy was senior policy analyst with The Guttmacher Institute and federal lobbyist for the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Wendy earned a BA in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Shilpa Kothari

Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health Access


Shilpa guides the development and implementation of advocacy strategies with civil society partners to improve equitable access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services. She has over 12 years of experience in public health, women’s rights and migration policy.

Prior to joining PAI, Shilpa worked in gender-based violence prevention and sexual and reproductive health service delivery in Guatemala and Mexico, most recently with the Women’s Justice Initiative. She holds a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Hispanic studies and Latin American studies from Vassar College.

Adebiyi Adesina

Director of Health Financing and Health Systems Strengthening


Adebiyi Adesina leads PAI’s UHC Engage, Primary Health Care Initiative and Government Accountability for Family Planning Budgets projects as well as the organization’s technical focus on health financing and health system strengthening efforts to improve and expand sexual and reproductive health and rights policies, programs and services. Adebiyi has over 20 years of experience in an array of technical areas, including strategic planning, civil society engagement and translation of data, evidence and insights for policy and donor decision-making.

Before joining PAI, he worked as a consultant on health financing and health systems resource planning as part of the World Bank Group’s Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice. He also spent 11 years at Avenir Heath (previously Futures Institute) working on health economics and financing modeling to make the investment case for family planning and HIV/AIDS across Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. Adebiyi has a doctor of public health degree in global health policy and economics, a master’s degree in public health policy and management and a bachelor’s degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of California, Berkeley. He speaks English and Spanish and is conversational in French and Yoruba.

Rebecca Dennis

Associate Director of U.S. Policy and Advocacy


Rebecca lobbies Members of Congress and executive branch agencies in support of international family planning and reproductive health funding, legislation and policy, including access to these services in emergency and conflict settings. Her work draws connections between sexual and reproductive health and rights and a number of gender issues, such as gender-based violence, child marriage and women, peace and security. She advocates for robust U.S. engagement and policies on these issues supporting the rights of women and girls globally.

Prior to joining PAI in 2013, she worked to coordinate advocacy efforts around ending and preventing mass atrocities. Rebecca holds a B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University and a M.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University, where she specialized in Global Health Policy and Global Gender Policy.

Jennifer Sleboda

Project Manager, Government Accountability for Family Planning Budgets


Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in international development, with a focus on transparency, accountability and citizen participation in public finance management. Prior to joining PAI, she spent 11 years at the International Budget Partnership developing the capacity of civil society organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America to conduct budget analysis and monitoring and use the findings to strengthen sectoral advocacy.

She also has four years of experience in Tanzania, where she worked on a participatory research project to track government’s poverty reduction expenditures in three districts. Jennifer speaks Swahili and holds a Master’s degree in Gender Studies and Anthropology from the George Washington University.

Mercedes Mas de Xaxas

Consultant for International Policy and Advocacy


Mercedes assists PAI in developing advocacy strategies to increase the political and financial commitment of governments to reproductive health services and supplies. Her work includes direct work with members of Parliament, NGO networks, and government officials around the world; coalition work and coordination activities; analyses of national and international policies; and grant-making to advocacy groups worldwide. Mercedes has worked as a consultant for PAI since 2003, following her tenure as PAI’s Vice President for International Advocacy. Her other clients include the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the World Health Organization, and Theory and Action for Health (TAAH), a Gates-funded project on social determinants of health.

Allison Doody

Senior International Advocacy Associate


Allie works on a variety of topics including access to safe and legal abortion, reproductive health in humanitarian settings, and reproductive health/HIV integration. Allie has worked in the field of sexual and reproductive health at PAI since 2010. Before joining PAI, she worked for Senator Susan Collins of Maine in her Washington, D.C. office. Allie is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in political science.

Kristin Thomas

Senior International Advocacy Associate


Kristin first became passionate about global health during her undergraduate studies, when she spent a semester abroad comparing health in India, Argentina, and South Africa. Since then, she served as a Global Health Corps Fellow at Planned Parenthood Global in Uganda, working on an advocacy campaign to increase young people’s access to reproductive health education and services. Kristin graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a Master of Science in Public Health. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Societies and a minor in French Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Tessa Maulhardt

Senior International Advocacy Associate, Global Gag Rule


Tessa is responsible for supporting efforts to back civil society partners in navigating the Global Gag Rule, communicating the implications of its expansion and documenting its harmful impacts. Tessa has 15 years of professional experience in nonprofit organizations focused on social justice issues; including sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS prevention and education, youth empowerment and gender equity.

Prior to joining PAI, Tessa managed the international grants portfolio and activities with global advocates, policymakers, health providers and civil society partners at Catholics for Choice. Tessa speaks Spanish and served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay. Tessa holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master of Public Affairs from the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Chelsea Mertz

Senior Project Manager


Chelsea supports civil society engagement for sexual and reproductive rights through the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children, and Adolescents. Additionally, she coordinates capacity building efforts in GFF countries and manages small grants for civil society actors. Chelsea has long been interested in advocacy for sexual and reproductive rights from her time served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi directing women’s health and empowerment projects.

Previously, Chelsea worked in knowledge and technology management at the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP) and Rotary International. Chelsea obtained an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics, building on a previous master’s degree in Human Rights from LSE. She is a recipient of the Rotary Foundation’s Global Grant Scholarship funding graduate-level academic studies in maternal and child health. She earned a BA in political science from the University of Kansas.

Elizabeth Lopez

Advocacy Associate, Primary Health Care Initiative


Elizabeth serves as the Advocacy Associate for the Primary Health Care Initiative. She is responsible for supporting the efforts of civil society partners advocating for stronger primary health care systems to achieve universal health coverage. To her, the path to health equity doesn’t just lie in access to care; it encompasses education, social justice, and culturally competent policies to help minimize roadblocks to care.

Prior to joining PAI as a Global Health Corps Fellow, she worked with Forca Femenina, an international NGO in Brazil, where she investigated how language and culture were used to humanize and restore visibility to at-risk female and transgender sex workers. During her time in Brazil, she taught weekly professional English courses, participated in public health outreach efforts, and engaged in strategic planning projects for the organization. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Maria Hernandez

International Advocacy Associate


Maria works with the Advocacy and Research departments to provide administrative and program assistance. Before joining PAI, Maria worked as program coordinator at North County Lifeline in San Diego, CA. Maria has been involved in the international development field through various internships and volunteer positions both domestically and internationally. She earned her undergraduate degree from California State University San Marcos in mass media and global studies.

Nour Nadri

International Advocacy Associate


Nour graduated from George Mason University in May 2017 with a double BA in Government and Communication. She began interning at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in January and that is when her passion for reproductive health began.

Not long into her internship she was working on the campaign’s clinic database which provides them with LARC data for contraceptive desert heat maps. She was offered a fellowship and continued working on clinic data becoming somewhat of an expert on the topic. Her passion for reproductive and sexual health will follow her everywhere she goes and she won’t stop until women all over the world have the right and power to decide what to do with their bodies.

Madelein Montes

International Advocacy Associate


As Cross Operations Coordinator, Madelein supports a wide array of administrative functions across the operational departments and manages the front reception desk services. Madelein comes to PAI with extensive administrative experience in both the private and nonprofit sector, and through these experiences has found her passion in working to solve the needs of vulnerable and diverse populations.

She became interested in the international development field through various volunteer and internship positions in her community, and through her travels to Latin America. Madelein earned her B.A in global affairs from George Mason University.

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