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Françoise Girard, President

Françoise Girard is President of the International Women’s Health Coalition and a highly regarded advocate for women’s rights and sexual and reproductive rights and health. She is an expert on strategic philanthropy in the developing world, and served as Director of the Public Health Program at the Open Society Foundations from 2006-2011. Françoise is regularly consulted by UN and intergovernmental agencies and has played a key advocacy role at UN conferences on population and development, women’s rights, and HIV/AIDS. She has contributed many articles to peer-reviewed journals such as Science, Health and Human Rights, International Family Planning Perspectives, and Reproductive Health Matters. Her other publications include Global Implications of U.S. Domestic and International Policies on Sexuality (2004), as well as chapters in SexPolitics: Report from the Front Lines (2007) and Reproductive Health and Human Rights: The Way Forward (2009).

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Anais Rivera

Anais Rivera

Development Associate

Anais manages IWHC’s database and assists with several fundraising initiatives, including outreach to donors and producing special events. Previously, Anais worked in development at The EastWest Institute and City Harvest. She is also a film editor.

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Anna Keye

Program Assistant

Anna is part of IWHC’s advocacy and policy program. Previously, she worked with the American Red Cross and Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, and is currently active with the UN Association Young Professionals network.

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Bebe Roopnarine

Bebe Roopnarine

Office Clerk

Bebe has been with IWHC since 1994, helping to make IWHC’s environment a comfortable one. She emigrated from Guyana in 1980 and remains committed to the Guyanese community by working with new immigrants as they adapt to life in the United States.

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Carlene Burke

Carlene Burke

Senior Accountant

Carlene manages payroll, accounts payable, and accounts receivable, and assists with preparation of financial documents for the Board of Directors and IWHC’s funders. In her free time, Carlene volunteers as a Church Youth Leader.

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Caroline Cotter

Caroline Cotter

Senior Development Officer

Caroline is IWHC’s primary liaison with foundations and institutional donors. Previously, Caroline worked with CREA, a feminist organization based in New Delhi, India, dedicated to advancing women’s rights and sexual rights at the local and global levels.

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Frederica Stines

Frederica Stines

Program Officer

Frederica has worked with IWHC for more than 12 years, providing invaluable expertise and strategic guidance to our local partners around the world. She is currently a board member at the Timoun Lakay Foundation for the Children of Haiti.

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Helena Minchew

Program Associate

Lena works in IWHC’s Washington, D.C. office and supports our U.S. foreign policy portfolio, including work with Congress and the Administration. She is a member of several advocacy coalitions, including the Coalition for Adolescent Girls and Girls Not Brides USA.

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Jennifer Dreher

Jennifer Dreher

Director of International Partnerships

Jennifer oversees IWHC’s grantmaking and helps strengthen our international partnerships. Previously, she directed the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon, providing services to and advocating for the rights of survivors of human trafficking.

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Jessie Clyde

Program Officer

Jessie joined IWHC as a Program Officer for International Partnerships in April 2014. She brings over a decade of experience working in the field of sexual and reproductive rights and health. Previously, Jessie worked as a Program Officer for Adolescents with IPPF/WHR.

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Kathleen Ryan Gerard

Director of Development

Kathleen oversees IWHC’s fundraising initiatives and has worked in development for 13 years. Previously, she was Vice President for External Relations at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and has worked in two presidential administrations.

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Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara

Liisa Sweet-Korpivaara

Human Resources and Office Manager

Liisa has worked at IWHC since 2004 and manages our New York and DC offices, information technology systems, and human resources. She keeps IWHC a competitive workplace with healthy and happy staff. Previously, she was a development consultant.

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Lindsey Amato

Lindsey Amato

Program Assistant

Lindsey provides direct support to IWHC’s President and works with our board members, major donors, partners, and colleagues. Previously, she worked with the Population Reference Bureau in Washington, D.C., and conducted research for USAID’s Africa Bureau.

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Marielle Coutrix

Program Assistant

Marielle provides strategic and administrative support to grantmaking and helps the Coalition and its partners monitor and learn from their advocacy of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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Melissa Sorrentino

Controller

As IWHC Controller, Melissa manages the organization’s finances. She has 20 years of experience creating and implementing effective financial strategies, policies, and processes in both the private and not-for-profit sectors.

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Nina Besser

Program Officer

Nina works in our Washington, D.C. office as Program Officer for U.S. Foreign Policy. Previously, she spent seven years as a senior legislative assistant on Capitol Hill, including five years with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky.

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Oshadi Kelly

Oshadi Kelly

Development Officer

Oshadi coordinates IWHC’s individual and corporate giving activities, including producing the annual gala and special events such as the Leadership Council Luncheons, and manages online fundraising efforts. Previously, Oshadi worked at the William J. Clinton Foundation.

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Paul Silva

Paul Silva

Director of Communications

Paul oversees IWHC’s communications strategies. He is a seasoned communications professional with a track record of crafting and implementing successful communications campaigns on human rights, civil liberties, public health, and reproductive rights issues.

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Saida Ali

Program Officer

As Program Officer for International Policy, Saida helps shape global health policies that advance sexual and reproductive health and rights. Previously, she led the Young Women’s Leadership Institute and the Coalition on Violence Against Women in Kenya.

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Sarah Gold

Sarah Gold

Program Associate

Sarah provides strategic support for IWHC’s international advocacy, including work on the post-2015 development agenda and ICPD Beyond 2014 process. Previously, she was a youth advocate in rural Uganda and a community organizer in New York City.

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Shannon Kowalski

Shannon Kowalski

Director of Advocacy and Policy

Shannon oversees IWHC’s work on international and U.S. foreign policy advocacy. She has been involved in several UN negotiations and is a skilled advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth rights, and HIV/AIDS programs.

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Shena Cavallo

Shena Cavallo

Program Associate

Shena provides strategic and administrative support to identify and strengthen IWHC partner organizations worldwide. Prior to joining IWHC, she worked at The Hispanic Center, providing career counseling services to immigrants and refugees.

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Susan Wood

Susan Wood

Director of Program Learning and Evaluation

Susan oversees IWHC’s monitoring and evaluation efforts and grantmaking systems. She has more than 30 years of experience with NGOs and foundations, carrying out advocacy, strategic planning, program development, and grantmaking for social change.

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Suzanne Ito

Suzanne Ito

Communications Officer


Suzanne manages IWHC’s web and social media presence and is editor of our blog, Akimbo. Previously, she was a blog editor and web producer at the national office of the American Civil Liberties Union, and the managing editor for a trade magazine.

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