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Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins

President and Chief Executive Officer


Nabeeha Kazi Hutchins serves as president and CEO of PAI. Nabeeha brings more than 25 years of movement building, advocacy, fundraising and international development experience. She has dedicated her career to driving equitable health, social and development outcomes for women, youth and communities that have been affected by discrimination, disinvestment and displacement around the world.

Nabeeha is driving a new era for the organization, in alignment with PAI’s values of equity and supporting a global ecosystem of local advocates to advance domestic and global sexual and reproductive health and rights aspirations. Under her leadership, PAI is expanding its own advocacy and accountability in the United States and on the global stage and enhancing its investments in and collaborations with local advocacy organizations in 36 countries that are on the front lines of informing, shaping and achieving change in their own communities.

Nabeeha is the founder of Humanitas Global, an international development organization that advances programs in agricultural development, food and nutrition security, maternal and child health, climate resilience and youth and women’s empowerment. Prior to PAI, she served as executive director of No Wasted Lives, a global coalition of nongovernmental organizations, U.N. agencies and government institutions dedicated to ending acute malnutrition in children around the world. She was also vice president of programs at KABOOM!, a U.S. nonprofit, where she helped operationalize the strategy to achieve playspace equity in Black, Brown and Indigenous communities in major U.S. cities. The effort has gone on to receive national support, including a catalytic gift from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott.

In the early 2000s, Nabeeha joined the Clinton Foundation to support the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative. She supported the development of national HIV/AIDS care and treatment plans and public health capacity and systems changes to deliver HIV testing and treatment at scale in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mozambique and South Africa. She directed the public health practice and co-founded the international development practice at global communications powerhouse, FleishmanHillard, implemented advocacy and research efforts to combat child trafficking in Albania, Moldova and Romania through a UNICEF-Columbia University collaborative, served as a senior advocacy advisor at the EastWest Institute and implemented communications projects at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) in Mexico.

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 front-line change. A powerful speaker, strategic advocate and recognized leader, Nabeeha has received international and national awards for community health programs in HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, nutrition and unintended teen pregnancy, leadership achievements and contributions to social justice.

Nabeeha holds bachelor’s degrees in political science as well as 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 family.


Executive Team

Cydney Bunn

Vice President of Human Resources, Inclusion and Operations


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.

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.

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.

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.

Christina Wegs

Vice President of Global Programs and Advocacy


Christina Wegs serves as PAI’s vice president of global programs and advocacy. As a key member of the executive leadership team, Christina oversees PAI’s global portfolio of programmatic work and the implementation of a U.S. SRHR advocacy campaign. She is also responsible for program operations, planning, leadership and external relations.

Christina previously worked at CARE as the global advocacy director of health equity and rights and provided strategic leadership for CARE’s global policy and advocacy for sexual, reproductive and maternal health and rights. She brings over 20 years of experience in international health and development, with a career focused on promoting rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS programming. Christina has worked with a wide range of governmental and nongovernmental partners including Ipas, Pact, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Christina holds a master’s degrees in public health and social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a fellowship at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.


Policy and Advocacy

Herbert Mugumya

Senior Regional Director


Herbert Mugumya is a passionate leader and manager of public health programs, focusing mainly on reproductive health services for at-risk communities. Herbert has worked with community-based organizations, governments and institutional partners for three decades to advocate for comprehensive approaches to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) through a lens of equity. 

Based in Uganda, Herbert serves as PAI’s senior regional director, overseeing the CSO GFF Hub and NGO Host program and serving in a strategic leadership role in support of efforts to expand the civic space for SRHR advocacy and enhance the impact of regional and global civil society coalitions. 

In addition to bringing decades of change-making, coalition-building and nonprofit leadership to PAI, he also brings a wealth of experience leading multimillion-dollar funded programs across the SRHR, family planning and public health sector. Most recently, Herbert served as chief of party at Pathfinder International, where he led a $25 million U.S. Agency for International Development family planning project. He has also worked at Management Sciences for Health, Africare, John Snow, Inc., Save the Children and CARE International.  

Herbert holds a master’s degree in population and development studies from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands, and a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He also obtained postgraduate diplomas in health systems strengthening and HIV/AIDS from the Galilee College in Israel. 

Adebiyi Adesina, DrPH

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.

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.

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.

Rahwa Weldemichael, Ph.D.

Associate Director of Health Financing and Health Systems Strengthening


Rahwa M. Weldemichael plays a leadership role as part of PAI’s health financing and health systems strengthening projects, working across strategy, management and operations of PAI’s work on primary health care and universal health coverage. She has over 15 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health, primary health care and gender mainstreaming.

Prior to joining PAI, Rahwa served in technical and advisory sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) roles, partnering with international nongovernment organizations and donor organizations, including the U.S. Agency for International Development and United Nations Population Fund. She also worked as chair and assistant professor at the Center for Gender Studies in Addis Ababa University. Her expertise in SRHR and gender analysis has supported efforts focused on implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects to advance SRHR and gender equity within national communities. She holds a doctorate in social anthropology from University of Oslo, Norway, a master’s degree in social anthropology from Addis Ababa University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and social administration from Addis Ababa 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.

Jennifer Sleboda

Project Manager


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

Senior Advisor


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.

Elizabeth Lopez

Senior International Advocacy Associate


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.

Vincent Villeneuve

Senior International Advocacy Associate


Vincent Villenueve is a solutions-oriented human rights, global health and international development professional advocating for activism towards achieving the sustainable development goals. Throughout his career, Vincent has gained industry expertise by partnering with a wide range of stakeholders active in advocacy and legislative affairs on gender equality, universal health coverage and economic empowerment in all regions of the world. Vincent holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Sciences Po Lille, a master’s in European public affairs from Maastricht University and is a Global STEM MBA candidate at the George Washington University School of Business.

Andrew Moran

International Advocacy Associate


Andrew Moran serves as the international advocacy associate supporting PAI’s health systems strengthening and accountability programs, including the UHC Engage and FP2030 Accountability projects. He has extensive experience advocating for health access in conflict and crisis settings around the world through his past work at humanitarian and human rights nongovernmental organizations.

Before joining PAI, Andrew worked at Physicians for Human Rights, documenting attacks against health infrastructure and personnel in Syria, as well as researching health disparities across northern Syria with an emphasis on women and girls. He began his work advocating for access to health care at MedGlobal, where he focused on health access for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons in humanitarian crisis settings. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Yale University with a focus on conflict and the Middle East and North Africa. He is a native English speaker and is proficient in Arabic and conversational in Spanish.

Olga Laskin

U.S. Advocacy Associate


Olga Laskin serves as PAI’s U.S. advocacy associate and supports sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy efforts in the United States. Olga previously managed three competitive electoral campaigns and served as a legislative aide in the Washington State Legislature. She is very involved in reproductive rights activism. As a former organizer with NARAL Pro-Choice Washington, she helped successfully flip the Washington State Legislature to a pro-choice majority during the 2018 midterm elections. In 2021, she spearheaded advocacy efforts around menstrual equity and reproductive health access in her community. Currently, she volunteers with a gender response team at the United Nations collecting data on the gender sensitivity of global COVID-19 policies. Olga graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in international relations with a focus on foreign policy and human rights.

Adam Beach

Coordinator


Adam Beach works as one of PAI’s policy and advocacy coordinator, helping to ensure that the organization’s grant application process runs smoothly and facilitate contact with PAI’s partners. Prior to joining PAI, Adam received his bachelor’s degree in international affairs and minor in philosophy from Northeastern University. His past professional experience includes internships in Nepal and Rwanda, where he worked on a variety of research and communications projects for local organizations. Adam also has experience as a writer and as a regulatory specialist in Massachusetts state government.

Deborah K. Niyongabo, Ph.D., MPH

CSO GFF Hub coordinator


Deborah Kaminka Niyongabo serves as CSO GFF Hub coordinator. She acts as a liaison to grantees during grant agreement signing process and between grantees and PAI’s finance department. She also leads logistics and support planning for grantee convenings. Deborah has professional interests in global health systems, reproductive health, infectious diseases, access to and quality of health care services.

Previously, she had the opportunity to work on the Mountain States Regional Genetics Network (MSRGN) Evaluation project with her former professor, Dr. Liza Creel, where they conducted a qualitative project on a multiple case study with MSRGN on state-based team models to facilitate expanded access to genetic services. Deborah also worked as an intern in Niamey, Niger, for the health and nutrition department at Samaritan’s Purse on the malaria pilot project and assisted on various projects within the department.

Born in Brussels, Belgium, and raised in Bujumbura, Burundi, Deborah comes from a culturally diverse background, which enabled her to work with students from cross-cultural backgrounds as a youth program coordinator at the African Immigrant and Refugee Foundation (AIRFound). Deborah holds a Ph.D. in public health sciences with a specialization in health management and policy from the University of Louisville. She also obtained a master of public health degree with a concentration in global health from Liberty University and a bachelor’s degree in public health from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Development

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.

Emily Rosenbach

Senior Foundation Relations Associate


Emily Rosenbach serves as senior foundation relations associate, supporting PAI’s development program by cultivating productive relationships with institutional donors and writing compelling content for donor audiences. Before coming to PAI, Emily was a senior development associate at the Fund for Public Health in New York City, where she focused on securing grant funding for special projects within the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She previously served on the institutional giving team at the Guttmacher Institute, a research and policy organization committed to advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, and worked as a donor relationships researcher at DonorsChoose, a charity that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom projects. Emily received her master’s degree in public administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and her bachelor’s degree in English and communication from Rutgers University.


Communications

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 Radel serves as the Communications Associate and works across departments to produce high-quality products. Previously, she worked as External Relations Coordinator to provide external relations and administrative assistance. She earned bachelor’s degrees in global studies and German from William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA, and a minor in global business from the Raymond A. Mason School of Business. Before joining PAI, Meredith managed marketing and digital content for a branch of an international affairs nonprofit at her university.


Human Resources, Inclusion and Operations

Caroline Chepkwony

Senior Manager of Human Resources, Inclusion and Operations


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.

Emmy Cameron

Operations Manager


Emmy Cameron comes to PAI with over 15 years of experience working in operations and administrative roles throughout her career, building professional expertise in several critical functions including accounting, expense reporting, contract management and event planning. Most recently, she worked at the Liaison Capitol Hill, a part of a large hotel chain, where she worked in accounting. Emmy’s professional experience also includes working in the nongovernmental organization sector as an accountant and grants administrator in her home of Nairobi, Kenya. Emmy holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Nairobi.

Nathan Worob

Office Coordinator


Nathan Worob is the office coordinator for PAI, serving as the administration, communications and research liaison. Originally from Austin, Texas, Nathan acquired his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in writing from Northeastern University. He has eight years of experience in various positions related to political action and change, including positions on Capitol Hill and in the legal field. He has worked on numerous campaigns and political initiatives and is deeply involved in a variety of writing projects.


Finance

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


PHC Performance Initiative (PHCPI)

Jeff Markuns

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.

Belinda Afriyie Nimako

Senior Country Engagement and Technical Officer


Belinda Afriyie Nimako is a public health physician from Ghana with over 16 years of experience in service delivery, program management and implementation research. She has extensive experience in health systems strengthening at subnational, national and global levels.

She previously provided leadership in various capacities in Ghana’s health sector, including serving as the ag. deputy director for information, monitoring and evaluation of Ghana Health Service where she led the development of a primary health care strategy following the successful launch of the country’s vital signs profile. Belinda also served as a district director of health services in one of Ghana’s rural districts and was a board member of Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority.

Responsible for country engagement efforts and technical support within the PHCPI Secretariat, Belinda comes to the role with rich experience having also supported the PHCPI/Joint Learning Network Collaborative as a technical facilitator for cross-country virtual engagement with country-level health leaders to address challenges related to primary health care transformation as well as data collection and its use in health systems. She is passionate about using evidence to drive improvements within health systems.

Colleen Keating

Programs Manager


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.

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