Melanie Croce-Galis, RN, MPH is a founding Member, Executive Director and a main co-author of the award-winning website www.whatworksforwomen.org, an online compendium of effective HIV interventions for women and girls. With nearly 20 years of health, communication and project management experience, she uses creative communications strategies to bridge the gap between research and policy to help organizations around the world reach their goals of influencing public policy and promoting social change. With extensive experience managing multi-million dollar projects and partners in multiple countries, Ms. Croce-Galis often works hand in hand with local partners around the world to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women and men.
Jill Gay, M.A., is a founding Member and the Chief Technical Officer. She is the lead author for www.whatworksforwomen.org and has far-reaching knowledge of the literature on effective gender approaches to HIV. She has spent a significant amount of time working with developing country partners to identify country-specific gender transformative programming. She has worked as a consultant for UNDP in Kenya and under WWA/UNAIDS in Gabon, Tajikistan, Lao PDR and Myanmar, among other countries. She has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on HIV, reproductive health and gender. She evaluated USAID’s activities on gender and reproductive health in Benin. She also assessed, for the Board of the MacArthur Foundation, the Foundation’s programs on maternal health in Mexico. She has collaborated with ICRW and CARE to evaluate gender and sexuality work in Vietnam and India. Ms. Gay has also implemented a quality of care project in several countries in Latin America with Ministries of Health and women’s advocates through PAHO. She has worked for the US Institute of Medicine. She served on the IRB of NIAID.
Karen Hardee, Ph.D., is a founding Member, Senior Fellow and a co-author for www.whatworksforwomen.org. A social demographer for over 25 years, Dr. Hardee is expert in reproductive health; rights-based programming; gender; global development and climate change; policy and program development; research and evaluation. She has been principal investigator on programmatic studies on policy and program implementation, evidence-based gender and youth programming and health outcomes, demographic and health factors, resilience, and climate change adaptation. She is also president of Hardee Associates LLC and was previously director of the Evidence Project at the Population Council, a USAID-funded project using implementation science to strengthen Family Planning/Reproductive Health Programming. She also led the Council’s strategic priority work on strengthening resilience of vulnerable populations in adapting to the effects of environmental stressors, including those related to climate change. Dr. Hardee has also been director, Center for Research and Evaluation, senior fellow and deputy director of the Health Policy Project at the Futures Group (now the Palladium Group), visiting senior fellow at Population Reference Bureau, vice president for Research at PAI, senior advisor at John Snow, Inc., principal research scientist at Family Health International (now FHI360), and presidential management fellow at USAID and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Dr. Hardee has worked globally, most intensively in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. Dr. Hardee holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University’s Population and Development Program and has published extensively.
Board of Directors: Betty L. Farrell, Board Chair, Consultant and former Senior Technical Advisor for Service Integration, EngenderHealth Jeff Meer, Executive Director, Handicap International Kendell Burroughs, Chief Financial Officer, RAIN (Regional Aid for Interim Needs)
Emeritus: Shannon Kowalski, Director of Advocacy and Policy at International Women's Health Coalition Nduku Kilonzo, Director, National AIDS Control Council, Kenya Kate Lasso, Board Treasurer, Director of Finance and Administration, Consumer Health Foundation