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The UN Foundation works on a diverse portfolio of issues including global health, energy and climate, women and population, and U.S.-UN relations.

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GLOBAL HEALTH

 

Anita Sharma

Senior Director, Millennium Development Goals Initiatives
Anita Sharma is the Senior Director of Millennium Development Goals Initiatives at the United Nations Foundation.

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Beth Schlachter

Executive Director, FP2020
As Executive Director of FP2020, Beth Schlachter works to monitor and report on global and country progress in meeting FP2020 goals. Beth provides strategic leadership and oversight of FP2020's Working Groups, coordinating and supporting technical and administrative support for Working Group strategies and activities. She also manages the strategic use of the Rapid Response Mechanism to ensure the funding is optimally effective in achieving its purpose.

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Radha Muthiah

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Radha Muthiah is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, where she leads efforts to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

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John E. Lange

Senior Fellow, Global Health Diplomacy
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) serves as the primary focal point for the UN Foundation’s global health diplomacy activities. Prior to joining the Foundation in July 2013, Lange spent four years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working with African governments to improve public health. He has served as co-chair of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Polio Partners Group since its launch in April 2012.

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Kate Dodson

Vice President for Global Health Strategy
Kate Dodson is the Vice President for Global Health Strategy at the United Nations Foundation. In this role, Ms. Dodson works to ensure that the UN Foundation is delivering on its commitments to address the health-related Millennium Development Goals, and builds synergies with UN agencies and other key multilateral partners.

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Leslie Cordes

Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
Leslie Black Cordes is Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships for the Foundation where she is responsible for developing new relationships with the philanthropic, international donors, and private sector communities. She previously held positions with the Environmental Protection Agency, the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy, the US Agency for International Development, and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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ENERGY & CLIMATE 

 

Reid Detchon

Vice President for Energy and Climate Strategy
Reid Detchon is the Vice President for Energy and Climate Strategy at the United Nations Foundation. He is also the Executive Director of the Energy Future Coalition, a broad-based non-partisan public policy initiative supported by the UN Foundation that seeks to bring about change in U.S. energy policy.

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John Jimison

Senior Advisor of the Energy Future Coalition
John W. Jimison is the Senior Advisor of the Energy Future Coalition, a non-partisan public policy initiative within the UN Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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Melinda L. Kimble

Senior Vice President
Melinda Kimble is a Senior Vice President, overseeing our International Bioenergy Initiative. She joined the UN Foundation in May 2000.

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Mohamed T. El-Ashry

Senior Fellow
Mohamed T. El-Ashry is Senior Fellow with the UN Foundation and Facilitator of the Global Leadership for Climate Action (GLCA) which he organized in 2007. Its membership includes 13 former Presidents and Prime-Ministers and 12 other global leaders.

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U.S.-UN RELATIONS

 

Peter Yeo

President of the Better World Campaign and Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at the United Nations Foundation
As President of the Better World Campaign and Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at the United Nations Foundation, Peter Yeo leads the Foundation’s strategic engagement with Congress and the Administration to advance policy changes that support the UN’s work for global progress.

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Susan Myers

Senior Vice President
Susan Myers is the UN Foundation's Senior Vice President. Ms. Myers has served as Executive Director of the New York office of the United Nations Foundation since 2000. As a member of the Foundation's leadership team, she provides overall guidance and participates in the development of long-term strategy for the organization.

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Minh-Thu Pham

Executive Director for Policy
Minh-Thu Pham is Executive Director for Policy at the United Nations Foundation, where she develops and leads strategic initiatives to strengthen the UN’s ability to solve global problems and brings together governments, civil society and thought leaders to help reach global agreements.

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Mary-Frances Wain

Executive Director of Philanthropic Investments
Mary-Frances Wain serves as Executive Director of Philanthropic Investments for the United Nations Foundation. As the organization’s chief engagement officer for individuals and families, Mary-Frances works with philanthropists who wish to have a global impact by supporting the work of the United Nations.

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WOMEN & POPULATION

 

Alaka Basu

Senior Fellow, Reproductive Health
Alaka Basu is a social demographer with strong interests in public health. Basu has published widely in the areas of reproductive health and family planning, gender and development, child health and mortality, and the context and politics of population policy.

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Beth Schlachter

Executive Director, FP2020
As Executive Director of FP2020, Beth Schlachter works to monitor and report on global and country progress in meeting FP2020 goals. Beth provides strategic leadership and oversight of FP2020's Working Groups, coordinating and supporting technical and administrative support for Working Group strategies and activities. She also manages the strategic use of the Rapid Response Mechanism to ensure the funding is optimally effective in achieving its purpose.

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Kathy Calvin

President and Chief Executive Officer
Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors.

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Emily Courey Pryor

Senior Director
Emily Courey Pryor is the Senior Director of Women and Girls Initiatives for the Women and Population team at the UN Foundation.

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Mayra Buvinic

Senior Fellow, Womens Economic Empowerment
Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a Senior Fellow with the UN Foundation.

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Seema Jalan

Senior Director, Universal Access Project & Policy
Seema Jalan is Senior Director of the Universal Access Project and Policy, Women and Population, at the United Nations Foundation. In this role, she leads the strategic and business planning processes for the initiative and oversees the management of the U.S. policy angles.

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Melissa Kilby

Director, Girl Up
Melissa Kilby is Director of Girl Up — an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation that works to build and maintain a constituency dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s hardest-to-reach girls.

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SPECIAL ADVISORS

 

Kaysie Brown

Special Advisor for Policy and Strategic Initiatives
Kaysie Brown joins the UN Foundation as Special Advisor for Policy and Strategic Initiatives within the Executive Office.

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John W. McArthur

Senior Fellow
John W. McArthur is an economist focused on global sustainable development and a Senior Advisor to the UN Foundation.

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