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Board Officers

Marlene Hess

Marlene Hess

Chair

Marlene is a philanthropic consultant and former Managing Director of Global Philanthropic Services at JPMorgan Private Bank. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an advisor to the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

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Debora Diniz

Debora Diniz

Vice Chair

Debora is a professor of bioethics at the University of Brasilia and is the co-founder of Anis: Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender, a key feminist group dedicated to bioethics in Latin America. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker.

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Marnie S. Pillsbury

Vice Chair

Marnie is the former Executive Director of the David Rockefeller Fund. She serves on the board of Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors, and the Pinkerton Foundation.

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Susan Nitze

Susan Nitze

Vice Chair

Susan has helped steer several organizations that empower girls, including the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York and the Veerni Project in Rajastahan, India. She also serves on the Women and Foreign Policy Advisory Council at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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John Craig

John E. Craig, Jr., MPA

Treasurer

John is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Commonwealth Fund, where he managed the foundation’s endowment and administration, and served as the Fund’s treasurer and corporate secretary.

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Catherine A. Gellert

Secretary 

Kate is Director at United Continental Corporation & Windcrest Partners and President of Grand Street Settlement House. She is currently the Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and was an associate producer and assignment editor at CNN.

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Board Members

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Alexander M. Farman-Farmaian

Board Member

Alexander is Partner, Vice Chairman and Portfolio Manager at Edgewood Management. Previously, he worked for 19 years at W.P. Stewart & Co. and was responsible for managing 20 percent of the firm’s assets.

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Ann Unterberg

Board Member

Ann has dedicated herself to supporting nonprofit organizations committed to women’s rights and health. In addition to serving on the board of IWHC, she served as a trustee of NARAL ProChoice America and Planned Parenthood of NYC.

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Aryeh Neier

Aryeh Neier

Board Member

Aryeh is President Emeritus of Open Society Foundations, and was President from 1993-2012. He served for 12 years as Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, of which he was a co-founder in 1978, and 15 years at the ACLU, including 8 years as Executive Director.

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Brian A. Brink, BSc, MBBCh

Board Member

Dr. Brian Brink advises Anglo American plc Group companies on a broad range of health issues, ranging from occupational health and employee health benefits to health systems strengthening in disadvantaged communities.

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Christine Grumm

Board Member

As a consultant, Chris helps nonprofit organizations build an agenda of social change and justice. She has served as CEO/President of the Women’s Funding Network, Executive Director of the Chicago Foundation for Women, Vice President of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and Deputy General Secretary of the Lutheran World Federation. 

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Diana Taylor

Diana L. Taylor, MBA, MPH

Board Member

Diana is a Vice Chair at Solera Capital LLC. Previoulsy, she worked for Wolfensohn Fund Management L.P., a strategic consulting and investment firm, and served as New York State superintendent of banks and chairwoman of the New York State Banking Board.

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Holly Andersen

Holly S. Andersen, MD

Board Member

Holly is Associate Professor of Medicine and Attending Cardiologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. An expert in cardiovascular health, she is also Director of Education and Outreach at the Ronald O. Perelman Heart Institute.

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Judy Cormier

Board Member

Judy is the founder, president, and proprietor of Judy Cormier Interiors, a high-end architectural and design firm for commercial and residential properties; she has 30 years of experience in the design and art gallery business.

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Kathleen Regan

Board Member

Kathleen Regan is the executive vice president and chief operating officer of The Commonwealth Fund. Previously with Radius Ventures and Keystone Dental Inc., she has been advising and investing in health care companies for the past 25 years.

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Maja Daruwala

Board Member

Maja is Executive Director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, an international human rights organization based in New Delhi, India, with offices in the United Kingdom and Ghana. She sits on several governing boards and advisory councils, including the Open Society Foundations’ Justice Initiative and the Voluntary Action Network, which aims to strengthen civil society in India.

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Matthew G. Hurd

Board Member

As a Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Matthew advises companies and their directors on domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and similar strategic transactions. He is also the co-head of the Firm’s Healthcare and Life Sciences Group.

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Maureen White

Maureen White

Board Member

Maureen is a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C., and served as a Senior Advisor in the U.S. Department of State from 2009–2013.

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Sandra Lawson

Board Member

Sandra is a managing director at Goldman Sachs and the director of the Global Markets Institute. Her work currently focuses on financial regulation and the impact of regulation on the broader economy.

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Shireen Uttam

Board Member

Shireen is Product Manager for Bloomberg Tradebook. After many years managing Product Development for Global Equities and Derivatives for Bloomberg Tradebook, she is now focused on strategic projects.

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Sisonke-Msimang

Sisonke Msimang

Board Member

Sisonke is the director of Advocacy and Accountability at Sonke Gender Justice, a South African-based NGO. Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa and worked for the United Nations (UNIFEM, UNAIDS).

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Stuart Burden

Stuart C. Burden

Board Member

Stuart Burden is a Philanthropy Advisor based in San Francisco. He has more than 20 years of experience in private and corporate philanthropy, including with the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation.

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