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Shannon Kowalski

Director of Advocacy and Policy

Shannon oversees IWHC’s work on international and U.S. foreign policy advocacy. She is an experienced and effective advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and health, is very familiar with UN negotiations, and is an expert on HIV and AIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and programs to advance youth sexual and reproductive health.

Prior to IWHC, Shannon was Director of the Global Health Financing Initiative of the Open Society Foundations. In this role, she oversaw a $1.6 million grant-making and operational initiative to ensure that global health donors and financing mechanisms are transparent and accountable and meet the needs of communities and marginalized groups. In addition, Shannon previously worked for Family Care International and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Her recent publications include “Monitoring Human Rights in Global Fund-Supported Programs,” Human Rights and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Meeting Report (Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, UNAIDS, and UNDP, 2011), and What Works for Women: Evidence for HIV Interventions (Open Society Institute: New York, 2010).

Shannon holds a BA summa cum laude from CUNY/Hunter College, and a Masters in Public Administration, Health Policy, and Management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.

Shannon Kowalski

Director of Advocacy and Policy

Shannon oversees IWHC’s work on international and U.S. foreign policy advocacy. She is an experienced and effective advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and health, is very familiar with UN negotiations, and is an expert on HIV and AIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and programs to advance youth sexual and reproductive health.

Prior to IWHC, Shannon was Director of the Global Health Financing Initiative of the Open Society Foundations. In this role, she oversaw a $1.6 million grant-making and operational initiative to ensure that global health donors and financing mechanisms are transparent and accountable and meet the needs of communities and marginalized groups. In addition, Shannon previously worked for Family Care International and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

Her recent publications include “Monitoring Human Rights in Global Fund-Supported Programs,” Human Rights and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Meeting Report (Ford Foundation, Open Society Foundations, UNAIDS, and UNDP, 2011), and What Works for Women: Evidence for HIV Interventions (Open Society Institute: New York, 2010).

Shannon holds a BA summa cum laude from CUNY/Hunter College, and a Masters in Public Administration, Health Policy, and Management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.