Meet the Secretariat
Hannah Bowen (firstname.lastname@example.org) became ACTION director in December 2014. Previously, Hannah was the director of policy & advocacy at Malaria No More, where she focused on strengthening global partnerships and securing the funding and political will necessary to succeed in the fight against malaria. She previously managed research, impact evaluation, and strategy across Malaria No More’s communications and advocacy programs in Africa, and worked as a project manager for Africa at InterMedia in Washington, D.C., and Nairobi, overseeing research on media and communications in more than a dozen African countries for public and nonprofit clients. Hannah holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Yale and a Master’s in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. In between, she was a project manager at a county agency in California's wine country and a Peace Corps volunteer in rural Ghana.
Grace Virtue (email@example.com) is the new senior advisor for communications at the ACTION secretariat. A native of Jamaica, she earned her undergraduate degree in journalism and social sciences from the University of the West Indies, Mona. She worked as a journalist in Kingston before moving to the United States for graduate School, on fellowships from the Inter-American Press Association and the Rotary Ambassadorial Foundation. She earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Howard University, Washington, D.C., where she studied mass communications, with emphasis on development studies and Caribbean political systems. Grace has since worked in public affairs, particularly in highegracevirtuer education and on social justice issues. Her primary areas of interest are education, women and girls, poverty, healthcare, and social exclusion.
Grace Virtue, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor - Communications@gracevirtue
Evi Harmon (firstname.lastname@example.org) joined the ACTION secretariat in June 2013. Previously she worked as an international program manager facilitating cooperation, growth, and partnership between foreign counterparts in the U.S. government. Evi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree in International Studies from Old Dominion University. She loves running and volunteers with Back on My Feet, an organization that utilizes running as a means of helping those experiencing homelessness to achieve employment and independent living.
Events and Conferences Manager
Mandy Slutsker (email@example.com) is policy and advocacy manager for the ACTION secretariat, which she joined in April 2010 after completing her MPH in global health at the George Washington University. Prior to joining ACTION, Mandy served as a research fellow at BRAC University’s Center for Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Bangladesh. She also has a background in infectious disease and implemented biosecurity policy for high containment laboratories at the National Institutes of Health. Mandy has spent time in South Africa, where she attended the University of Cape Town and volunteered at an orphanage in Khayelitsha. Originally from Minnesota, Mandy now resides in Washington, D.C., where she remains committed to fighting disease and stigma and serves as an outreach volunteer with HIPS, a harm reduction organization that works with sex workers and injection drug users in D.C.
Policy and Advocacy Manager@Mandy4Action
Sabina (firstname.lastname@example.org) is knowledge and program manager, joining the ACTION secretariat in May 2016. In this role, she coordinates external communications, publications development, and RESULTS Educational Fund’s integrated health and microfinance projects.
Previously, Sabina was communications and relationships manager at the Microcredit Summit Campaign, responsible for external communications and brand management; she also oversaw the Financing Healthier Lives project and the State of the Campaign Report. Sabina has 15 years international development experience both in the field and home office.
As a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, she led community development and gender equity advocacy; with the Afghan Youth Sports Exchange, she managed sports development and leadership training clinics for youth in Afghanistan.
Sabina speaks English and French and holds an MS in Development Management from the School of International Service.
Knowledge and Program Manager@SabinaRogers
Heather Teixeira (email@example.com) is the ACTION global health advocacy partnership's Policy and Advocacy Manager, leading their portfolio of work on child health. Heather previously advocated for strong health workforce policies and health systems at IntraHealth International. She taught health education as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, and maintains a strong connection to Tanzanian communities through serving on the Board of Directors for Friends of Tanzania, a micro-granting non-profit focused on Tanzanian community groups. Heather holds a MPH in Health Systems and Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA in Classical Studies and the College of Letters from Wesleyan University.
Policy and Advocacy Manager
Nandini Pillai (firstname.lastname@example.org) joined the ACTION secretariat as the advocacy and impact manager in July 2016. Prior to joining ACTION, Nandini worked with the Sabin Vaccine Institute, based in Washington, D.C., where her focus was on advocating for improved coordination and commitment to neglected tropical disease programs in India. Previously, Nandini lived and worked in India documenting HIV-prevention programs in the complex Northeast region of the country with the University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute of Global Health. Nandini holds an MPH in International Community Health from New York University and a BA in Human Development from the University of California, San Diego.
Advocacy and Impact Manager
Xochitl Sanchez (email@example.com) is the senior associate for multilateral engagement at the ACTION secretariat. Prior to joining ACTION, Xochitl was a senior program associate at the Microcredit Summit Campaign, where she co-led the development and research of the agenda focused around innovations and best practices in the microfinance and financial inclusion space, and coordinated stakeholder engagement and partnership building effort for the Summits. She also previously worked with the Borgen Project as a regional coordinator to expand their poverty-reduction campaigns and with the Leon H. Sullivan Foundation on outreach and communications.
She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University and a Master’s in International Development through Microfinance and Entrepreneurship from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She is fluent in English and Spanish, and is co-chair on the D.C. chapter steering committee for Women Advancing Microfinance (WAM).
Senior Associate – Multilateral Engagement
Waiswa Nkwanga (firstname.lastname@example.org) is an associate at the ACTION secretariat. Waiswa is a born-and-raised East African and attributes his passion for international development, human rights, and global health to his life experiences growing up at the height of the AIDS epidemic and civil wars in the region. Waiswa holds an MSc. in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies from the London School of Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.
Yanira Garcia (email@example.com) is an associate for ACTION. Prior to joining ACTION, Yanira was a program associate for the Microcredit Summit Campaign where she provided extensive project and administrative support. Currently, Yanira supports the partnership’s engagement with institutions across the global health infrastructure, key processes, and with tracking advocacy opportunities and partner activities on priority cross-cutting health themes like health systems strengthening, equity and universal health coverage. She earned her BA in International Relations with concentrations in Asian Studies and Chinese from James Madison University, and speaks Spanish and French.