Vice President of Health Policy
American Sexual Health Association
Deborah Arrindell is vice president of health policy and head of the Washington, DC office for the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA). During her tenure at ASHA she has been instrumental in organizing advocacy efforts on a number of STD-related policy issues. Currently, she also serves on the boards of Advocates for Youth, the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, the Global Campaign for Microbicides and the Partnership to End Cervical Cancer. Prior to joining ASHA, Ms. Arrindell held numerous positions in health and social policy, including serving as executive director of the Home Care Aid Association of America, associate Director of Governmental Affairs for the American Nurses Association, assistant director of Social Policy for the League of Women Voters and public policy director for Wider Opportunities for Women. Ms. Arrindell has more than 30 years experience in social policy and health policy, including work for women’s economic justice, reproductive and sexual health and employment and training.
Fenn Communications Group
Peter Fenn is president of Fenn Communications Group, one of the nation’s top political and public affairs media firms. Since 1983, they have worked in over 300 campaigns, from President to Mayor, and represented a number of Fortune 500 companies. Prior to forming the firm, Peter was the first Executive Director of Democrats for the 80’s, a political action committee founded by Pamela Harriman and then-Governor Bill Clinton. Peter also served on the staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and as Washington Chief of Staff for Senator Frank Church. In 1983, Peter helped found and was the first Executive Director of the Center for Responsive Politics. Peter has consulted overseas for the Agency for International Development and the National Endowment for Democracy. He produced television programs in Russia, Bosnia, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic and consulted for political parties and candidates in such countries as South Africa, Mozambique, Romania, Latvia, Colombia, Northern Ireland, and Hungary.
The daughter of a Foreign Service officer, Monica spent her early years living in Tehran, Iran, and Bangkok, Thailand, which shaped her interest in global human rights and gender equity.
Monica has held executive and leadership positions in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Through her expertise in finance and accounting, grant management, and fundraising, Monica has provided unwavering support as a board member to many organizations throughout Washington, D.C., including Washington Performing Arts, Humanities Council of Washington, DC, Sitar Arts Center, and Jubilee Housing. Monica is a graduate of Trinity University, DC, and of Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy Nonprofit Management program.
President and CEO
Gary Barker is President and CEO of Promundo, an international NGO with offices in Brazil, Rwanda, Portugal and the US that works nationally and globally in engaging men and boys for gender equality. He is co-founder and board member of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 600 NGOs and UN agencies working to engage men and boys in gender equality, and a member of the UN Secretary General’s Men’s Leaders Network to end violence against women. He is coordinator of the multi-country survey on men, IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), one of the largest ever surveys on men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood and gender equality. He is co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign, active in more than 35 countries, to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and led the development of the first ever State of the World’s Fathers report launched June 2015. He holds a PhD in child development.
CEO & Regional Director
International Planned Parenthood Federation / Western Hemisphere Region
Giselle Carino is the CEO & Regional Director for the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR) where she leads a network of 45 autonomous local partners that work to guarantee that sexual and reproductive health and rights are a human right for all. In 2017, IPPF/WHR’s network provided more than 36 million services in the Americas and Caribbean.
In previous positions, Giselle served as the IPPF/WHR Deputy Regional Director, and as the Director of Programs and led the Safe Abortion Team. During her tenure, she worked to close the gap in access to sexual and reproductive health in the region by developing cutting-edge programs, and ensuring integration between advocacy, service provision and research.
She is a co-founder and past coordinator of the Latin American Consortium Against Unsafe Abortion. She serves on the Board of Directors of Women's Link Worldwide, Catholics for the Right to Decide/Mexico and the Center for Health and Gender Equity.
Program Director for Asia and the Pacific
Global Fund for Women
San Francisco, CA
Sangeeta brings to Global Fund years of experience in the non-profit and private sector with a focus over the past decade, on economic and environmental justice. Since joining Global Fund, she has led a $5.9million grant fund from the Dutch Foreign Ministry in support of grassroots women’s leadership for economic and political empowerment and ending violence in Asia and the Pacific; and has spearheaded a multi-year initiative in South & Southeast Asia to address trafficking in the context of labor and migration.
Before coming to Global Fund, Sangeeta worked to support community solutions to improving access to safe water and sanitation. At the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation she led a 10-country study focused on bringing sanitation services to underserved urban populations across Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa and headed the Foundation’s initiative at the Acumen Fund piloting solutions to improve access to safe drinking water across India and Kenya. A native of India, Sangeeta has been engaged in various capacities in support of livelihoods projects – as Executive Director of League of Artisans, she worked to support local artisanal crafters and, prior to that, helped CARE India launch an institution focused on developing the livelihoods and microfinance sectors in India. At the American India Foundation, Sangeeta was involved in grant portfolio assessment and strategy development for livelihoods grant-making. Sangeeta holds a Masters in Public Administration (Program in Economic Policy Management) from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs as well as a Masters in Electrical Engineering (Columbia) and in Physics (Northeastern University).
Executive Director, Women's Rights Division
Human Rights Watch
New York City, NY
Liesl Gerntholtz is the executive director of the women's rights division at Human Rights Watch. She is an expert on women's rights in Africa and has worked and written extensively on violence against women and HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa. Her work at Human Rights Watch has included documenting access to safe and legal abortion in Ireland and sexual and gender-based violence in Haiti in the aftermath of the earthquake.
Before joining Human Rights Watch, Liesl worked for some of the key constitutional institutions promoting human rights and democracy in a post-apartheid South Africa, including the South African Human Rights Commission and the Commission on Gender Equality. A lawyer by training, she was involved in high-profile, strategic human rights litigation to promote women and children's rights, including a case that changed the definition of rape in South Africa.
Dr. Stephen Lee is a Global HIV and AIDS expert. Dr. Lee is the Executive Director of NASTAD where he oversees all NASTAD programs – Health Care Access, Prevention, Hepatitis, Drug User Health, Health Equity, Policy & Legislative Affairs, and Health Systems Integration – as well as NASTAD’s overall operations. Dr. Lee acted as senior advisor for HIV/AIDS care and treatment in the Bureau of Global Health at USAID. There, he supported HIV/AIDS care and treatment program development, evaluated existing HIV/AIDS programs and policies, and analyzed HIV/AIDS research. Additionally, he worked as an HIV/AIDS infectious disease advisor for USAID, focusing on disease prevention and monitoring throughout Europe and Eurasia. Dr. Lee has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Baylor University, a degree in medicine from Emory University School of Medicine, an MBA from Heriot Watt University, and a postgraduate diploma in health systems management from the University of London, School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Emily M. Leongini is a senior associate with Arent Fox LLP’s Life Sciences practice group in Washington, DC. Emily provides regulatory counseling to clients that are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including companies that manufacture, market, and distribute prescription and OTC drugs, foods and dietary supplements, cosmetics, cannabis, and other controlled substances. She helps clients navigate a wide array of regulatory issues, including product development and launch, compliance with federal and state distribution and marketing requirements, and managing regulatory actions, such as FDA warning letters and inspections, product recalls, and import refusals. Before joining Arent Fox in 2015, Emily worked at the FDA for nearly six years. She is admitted to practice in California and DC, and earned her JD from American University in DC, Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California, and BA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Founder and Executive
Mohini Malhotra runs a social enterprise that promotes contemporary women artists from emerging markets and invests profits to better women’s and girls’ lives. She has 25 years of international development experience in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe with a strong track record of implementation and results in financial inclusion, slum improvement, housing finance for the poor, governance and social accountability, and leadership development. Mohini is currently an Advisor with Gender at Work and with the Partnership for Transparency Fund. She also serves as Vice President of the Board and Chair of the Resource Development Committee of Life Pieces To Masterpieces, an organization that works with African American Boys and young men through the arts and leadership development to discover their innate capabilities and purpose through a unique human development curriculum.
Mohini was a Manager at the World Bank for 19 years (1995 - 2014), where she oversaw their $80 million staff knowledge and learning program, was the Founder and Manager of The Consultative Group to Assist the Poorest - a global program on financial inclusion, as well as managed a program on housing finance for the poor for Cities Alliance, a global consortium on upgrading slums and housing for the poor. Mohini ran a start-up program for South Asia focused on building the institutional capacity of civil society organizations, universities, training organizations on issues of public sector governance, urban development, water and sanitation, and other development issues, and worked in Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Mohini has a B.A. in Development Economics from the University of Minnesota, a Master’s in Business Administration from American University (Rome, Italy/Washington, DC), a certification in Facilitation from Georgetown University, and has participated in several leadership development programs at Harvard and other institutions.
Vice President for Policy and Advocacy
Paul O'Brien is the Vice President for Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam America where he oversees research, policy, advocacy, and campaigning work to influence the US government and US corporations. Before joining Oxfam in 2007, he lived in Afghanistan for five years where he worked in the office of the President and the Ministry of Finance as an advisor on aid coordination, development planning, and policy reform. Prior to that, he worked for CARE International as their Afghanistan Advocacy Coordinator and Africa Policy Advisor.
Previously, Paul was the President of the Echoing Green Foundation and a litigator in New York for Cravath, Swaine and Moore. He is the co-founder of the Legal Resources Foundation in Kenya and the founder of the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium in Afghanistan, both of which are thriving organizations today. Paul has juris doctorate from Harvard Law School and has published on humanitarian policy, human rights, and emerging trends in development.
Center for Health and Gender Equity
Serra Sippel is the president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), where she leads the organization's education and advocacy efforts to ensure that U.S. foreign policies and programs promote sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls globally.
Serra has more than 17 years of experience advocating for women's rights and related issues. Prior to joining CHANGE, Serra was the international program director at Catholics for Choice (CFC), where she worked for more than eight years to advance the sexual, reproductive, and other human rights of women around the world. In addition to her years at CFC, Serra has been involved in the fight for women's rights through her work at a homeless shelter for women with children in Texas, and on behalf of women prisoners in the state of Indiana. Serra also has collaborated with women's rights activists around the world to secure and promote sexual and reproductive health and rights. Among Serra's many achievements as an advocate is her leadership at the United Nations to safeguard the critical agreements regarding women's sexual and reproductive rights made at the UN world conferences in Cairo and Beijing.
Serra holds a master's degree in religion, with an emphasis on peace and justice. She is the author of numerous articles and other publications on sexual and reproductive health and rights, has spoken at international conferences, and is sought after for commentary and analysis on U.S. foreign policy and sexual and reproductive health rights.
Senior Manager of Member Engagement & Partnerships
United Philanthropy Forum
Traci Slater-Rigaud is the Senior Manager of Member Engagement & Partnerships at the United Philanthropy Forum. Prior to coming to the Forum, she led a consulting practice that provided thought leadership in developing organizational strategies to advance partnerships and programmatic infrastructures. Earlier, before creating her consultancy, Traci served as the Director of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards with the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for over 12 years, under the Bush and the Obama administrations. She is the former Program Coordinator for Arts in Education with the National PTA where she managed the Reflections Program. Before the National PTA, Traci was the Curator of Education at Miami Art Museum. Her background also includes the role of Public Programs Manager at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She currently serves on the board for the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC).
At the core of every endeavor throughout her career has been a passion for empowering marginalized communities through the arts and philanthropy. Traci holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science and a Masters of Arts in Art Education, both from the University of Cincinnati.
Primary Health Care Performance Initiative
Beth Tritter has focused her career on bolstering equitable, sustainable global development, through a combination of public, private, and not-for-profit service. She is currently the Executive Director of the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a global platform that supports country efforts to provide strong, resilient, and equitable primary health care for all people. She also served in the U.S. government as the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation (DPE), and began her career on Capitol Hill, with a focus on global health and development policy and funding as Legislative Director to Hon. Nita M. Lowey, Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee. As a former Managing Director at the Glover Park Group, she built an industry-leading portfolio of clients with a specific interest in global development policy, advocacy, and communications.
Beth received Bachelors and Master’s Degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Modern Middle Eastern Studies, and studied at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and four children.