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Staff

Leadership

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.

Cydney Bunn

Chief Operating Officer


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.

Stephen Kroll

Interim Chief Financial Officer


Stephen Kroll serves as PAI’s interim Chief Financial Officer and brings a diverse executive background having previously served as a Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of International Operations and Global Director of Internal Audit. Additionally, Steve has helped over 45 organizations enter the USAID/CDC/HHS marketplace from proposal preparation to project close-out. This has included developing and delivering workshops on USG Rules and Regulations, USG Acquisition Regulations, Procurement Planning, Effective Financial Management, Fraud Prevention and Subgrant/Subcontract Management. Steve has trained, mentored and guided personnel and organizations across a wide variety of industries and disciplines, including health, research, education, judicial, technological, environmental, agricultural, conservation, religious, humanitarian, peacekeeping and construction. By delivering such services in 45 countries, Steve appreciates people of all cultures and effectively communicating and instilling better business practices.

Steve is responsible for fiscal management and forward-thinking advice on PAI budgets and fiscal performance. He looks to maximize the use of preventative internal control framework espoused under COSO (Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission) as a way of improving business operations and growing PAI’s business base.

Steve graduated from Loyola University Maryland. He resides in Leesburg, VA, with his family.

Christina Wegs

Vice President of Global Programs and Advocacy


Christina Wegs serves as vice president of global programs and advocacy at PAI.

Christina is a seasoned and passionate social justice advocate, public health expert and nonprofit leader. Her 20-year career has focused on advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights, including access to contraception, comprehensive sexuality education, safe abortion and post-abortion care, respectful maternity care and gender-based violence prevention and care. She has also worked to promote rights-based approaches to HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment. She brings deep expertise in gender justice, coalition-building, civil society strengthening, policy advocacy and people-driven accountability.

Christina has worked with a wide range of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, including working with Ipas, Pact, FHI 360 and serving in leadership roles with the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Botswana (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and Vietnam (U.S. Agency for International Development). Prior to joining PAI, she was the global advocacy director for health equity and rights at CARE, where she led confederation-wide advocacy for health rights, including sexual and reproductive health and rights, health equity in humanitarian crises and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. Christina also brings extensive experience partnering with diverse government, U.N. agencies and civil society networks in Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Latin America.

Christina holds dual master’s degrees in public health and social work from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She also studied social justice storytelling, documentary photography and oral history at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and was awarded the competitive Lewis Hine Documentary Fellowship.

Prior to her career in public health, Christina worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana.


Policy and Advocacy

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.

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.

Eve Brecker

Associate Director of Civic Engagement


Eve Brecker manages engagement and strategic support of PAI civil society partners, expanding the civic space and sustaining global investments for sexual and reproductive health and rights advocacy across Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining PAI, Eve served as a policy advisor at the Population Reference Bureau, managing a contraceptive use dynamics portfolio funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and leading organizational monitoring, learning and evaluation activities. She has worked in federal health both via management consulting and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer, serving in Morocco where she led reproductive health programming with nomadic communities. Eve holds a master’s degree in global reproductive health from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs from James Madison University.

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.

Irene Huo

Grants and Budgets Manager


Irene Huo is responsible for PAI’s programmatic budget development and oversees the grants process and reporting requirements. She has 10 years of financial management experience in the nonprofit sector, and has worked with various donors, including governments, nongovernmental organizations, international organizations and foundations.

Previously, Irene worked at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), where she managed numerous funded grants and collaborated with donors, country officers, partners and management teams to maintain financial transparency and achieve financial benchmarks. Irene administered contracts for funders and partners, managed grant audits and performed general accounting functions. In addition, she designed and implemented an electronic accounting processing system for the organization.

Irene holds a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in financial management from American University and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Gerardo Lara

Senior Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health Access and Equity


Gerardo Lara is an international development leader who specializes in the creation and management of high-performing teams. He currently serves as the Senior Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health Access and Equity at PAI. With 20 years of experience, he previously managed and monitored programs for different donors and international organizations, including at Plan International and the Global Fund Project in El Salvador for HIV prevention in high-risk communities. As a country director, he influenced public policy and led complex programs to achieve high-impact results in a variety of social justice topics, including combating stigma and discrimination against people vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, contributing to the reduction of gender-based violence, empowering youth and promoting the sexual and reproductive health andrights of women and girls in Central America.

An important part of his career is  promoting women’s health and rights by increasing access and availability of key services and products for family planning. Gerardo prioritizes working with civil society and strengthening local organizations’ technical, administrative and financial capacities. He also brings a wealth of experience in the development of social marketing initiatives, including the development of brands and franchises that promote sustainable services.

Gerardo also led Plan Nicaragua’s emergency response to COVID-19 and disaster relief for hurricanes Eta and Iota. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Dr. José Matías Delgado University in El Salvador.

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.

Olga Laskin

U.S. Policy and 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.

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.

Mercedes Mas de Xaxàs

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.

Andrew J. Moran

International Advocacy Associate


Andrew J. 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.

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. 

Deborah K. Niyongabo, Ph.D.

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.

Gloria Phuna Nzita

Coordinator


Gloria Phuna Nzita serves as the regional program coordinator. Prior to joining PAI, Gloria worked as a program officer at Liberty’s Promise, a nonprofit organization that supports low-income immigrant students by providing them with the means to become actively involved in civic life, pursue higher education and become more involved in their communities. As an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo, she has a deep understanding of the challenges that young immigrants face in the school system. Driven by her passion to help others, she was able to grow her program participants significantly over the course of a year. Gloria holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and history from the University of Virginia, and is very passionate about social justice, women’s rights and reproductive health.

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.

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.

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.


Development

Elena Garofalo

Director of Business Development


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.

Emily Monaco

Development Coordinator


Emily Monaco serves as the development coordinator and provides support for fundraising and development activities at PAI. Most recently, she has worked in Villanova University’s Office of Development where she assisted with their Annual Day of Giving as well as their Senior Class Gift Campaign. She has also served on the communication and fundraising committees for the Philadelphia Justice project, a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to ending the mass incarceration of women and girls.
Emily earned her bachelor’s degree in communications with minors in gender and women’s studies, Irish studies and theatre from Villanova University.

Emily Rosenbach

Senior Business Development Associate


Emily Rosenbach supports 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

Senior Manager of Strategic Communications


Susan Patterson 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 bacehlor’s degree 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.

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.

Katie Unthank

Senior Manager of Strategic Communications


Katie Unthank 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


Human Resources, Inclusion and Operations

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.

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.

Alicia Frías

Office Coordinator


Alicia Frías serves as the office coordinator at PAI. She is passionate about health equity, social justice and reproductive rights. Prior to joining PAI, Alicia worked in several administrative coordinator positions throughout her career. Of those experiences, she worked with a nonprofit clinic that specialized in providing health care and resources to those uninsured in the community; this position sparked her interest in public health and nonprofit organizations. Alicia holds a bachelor’s degree in health care management from Appalachian State University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, taking dance classes and reading with her local book club!


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

Sam Friedmann

Operations Assistant


Sam Friedmann serves as an operations assistant within the PHCPI Secretariat. She is passionate about strengthening primary health care systems and advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights. Through her position as a graduate research assistant, Sam is researching how financial insecurity impacts HIV outcomes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and diplomacy, political science and Spanish from University of Mount Union and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international development with a concentration in global health from American University.

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.

Precious Williams

Operations Assistant


Precious Williams is an MPH Candidate specializing in global health epidemiology and disease control at George Washington University.

Her background in microbiology clinical research led her pursuit in public health towards understanding mechanisms for strengthening health care and preventing disease in low-resource communities.

Precious has previous experience in developing a health care quality program for a medical diagnostic center in Nigeria. She is passionate about understanding the gaps and hindrances to the prevention and control of diseases in West Africa.

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