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Global Secretariat

Serving as a hub for the broader Global Alliance, the Global Secretariat facilitates learning and cross-sharing, provides support in areas of advocacy strategy, fundraising, operations, organizational effectiveness and communication. The Global Secretariat also leads global advocacy efforts for the Alliance, amplifying at the national and subnational levels.

Global Secretariat

Amanda Livingstone

Advocacy Officer

Amanda Livingstone

Advocacy Officer

Amanda came to White Ribbon Alliance in 2013 first as an intern, then as Operations Coordinator and is now an Advocacy Officer. She works with her Global Secretariat and National Alliance colleagues to advocate for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health through writing proposals, managing grants, creating accountability tools, and linking national-level campaigns to global events. She continues to be inspired by citizens who advocate for involvement in national and global-level accountability processes, access to respectful maternity care, and health education on self-care.

 

Prior to joining White Ribbon Alliance, she worked with Save the Children and the UN Development Programme’s Washington, DC Liaison Office. She has an MA in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and a BA in International Studies and BS in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago.

ANDREA MILES

Director of Partnerships

ANDREA MILES

Director of Partnerships

Andrea joined White Ribbon Alliance in January 2013 as our Director of Partnerships. In this role, Andrea helps to develop strategies and partnerships with new private individuals, corporates and foundations with a view to increase the variety of partnerships, moving away from the traditional, direct funding streams to more skills-based income generation.

Andrea began her working career in London after gaining a Masters in Landscape Design and Diplomas in Marketing, Advertising and Communications and International Development and enjoys mixing up her skills and experience. After leaving her first role as a Regional Officer for British charity, The Woodland Trust, she managed the high net worth individuals program at UNICEF UK for five years before becoming Donor Partnerships Manager at Merlin, a UK based humanitarian and international health charity. In her six years at Merlin she moved to become their Head of International Marketing before transferring to the USA as a Director of Merlin USA.

International films, theatre (of all types) and travelling are just a few of the myriad of Andrea’s interests; because, variety is definitely the spice of life.

BETSY MCCALLON

Chief Executive Officer

BETSY MCCALLON

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Alliance, Betsy McCallon is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and developing plans, a dynamic team and resources to deliver it.  Betsy joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2004 and has contributed to the growth of the Alliance from a loose network to a driver for global attention and commitments to reproductive and maternal health and rights with a focus on national advocacy and accountability.  Betsy is a global spokesperson and champion for citizen participation and empowerment to advance health and rights; she regularly contributes to publications, speaks at key events, and serves on numerous coalitions and Boards. Betsy has lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America and worked in more than 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. When she’s not working, Betsy spends much of her time outdoors - cycling, exploring the city and watching soccer.

CELINE OKOH

Chief Financial Officer

CELINE OKOH

Chief Financial Officer

Celine Okoh is the Chief Financial Officer for White Ribbon Alliance, overseeing accounting, finance, human resources, legal, property management, award analysis and negotiations. She has over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors.

Celine graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in Business Administration & Economics, minoring in Accounting. She received her MBA from George Washington University with a major in Finance and Investment.

Originally from Nigeria, Celine has lived in the U.S. for quite some time.

DIANA COPELAND

Senior Communications Officer

DIANA COPELAND

Senior Communications Officer

Diana Copeland joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as the Communication Coordinator, working to strengthen and disseminate the organization’s message on its website and social media platforms, and was promoted in 2018 to Senior Communications Officer in order to oversee and grow White Ribbon Alliance's digital and offline presence.

Before coming to WRA, Diana worked for HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” as a Researcher and as a member of Octopus Publishing Group’s Editorial team. Diana graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in English Literature and received her MA from University College London’s Department of Information Studies.

ELENA ATEVA

Advocacy Manager

ELENA ATEVA

Advocacy Manager

Elena joined the White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as the Maternal and Newborn Health Policy and Advocacy Advisor, supported by USAID/Health Policy. She is responsible for facilitating the work of the Global Respectful Maternity Care Council, leading global advocacy efforts to strengthen the midwifery workforce and providing assistance to WRA National Alliances that campaign to improve respectful maternity care and increase support for midwives in their countries.

Elena is an attorney and a human rights advocate from Bulgaria, who has been involved in the movement for respectful care in her home country and throughout Eastern Europe. She is the co-founder of Rodilnitza, a non-profit organization that advocates for women’s rights in childbirth.

Prior to joining WRA, Elena was the Eastern Europe Legal Advocacy Coordinator for the international non-profit Human Rights in Childbirth and currently serves on the board of the organization. Her work and career has also focused on domestic violence, trafficking, and women's issues in Bulgaria and the United States.

When she is not working, Elena enjoys exploring new lands and cultures, and biking with her children.

FARIDAH LUYIGA

Communication Manager

FARIDAH LUYIGA

Communication Manager

Faridah has worked with WRA since March 2014, when she began as WRA Uganda's Communications Officer. In 2016, Faridah added the responsibilities of Communication Manager for the Global Secretariat, working specifically to support the National Alliances.

Prior to her time at WRA, Faridah was an independent media consultant where she managed media and public relations for various clients. Faridah also spent time as a journalist with the Daily Monitor newspaper where she served as health editor, as the acting editor of Full Woman Magazine and editor of Rainbow Magazine.

Faridah has a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree and a Master of Business of Administration from Makerere University, where she also served as Fellow with the MakSPH-CDC HIV/AIDS Fellowship Program at their School of Public Health. As a fellow, Faridah was hosted by Communication for Development Foundation Uganda where she was the to-go-to person on communication-related matters.

KRISTY KADE

Director of Advocacy and Programs

KRISTY KADE

Director of Advocacy and Programs

Kristy Kade joined White Ribbon Alliance in September 2017 as director of advocacy and programs with 15 years of policy, advocacy, and communications experience. She most recently served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy at PATH, where she was responsible for developing and implementing PATH’s strategy for advocacy in low-income countries, including the development of multi-year strategic partnerships and subgranting relationships with large international NGOs and local civil society organizations. She oversaw the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and capacity-building initiatives, was the primary donor liaison for country advocacy implementation and reporting, and has managed advocacy staff and projects in a portfolio of projects totaling over $20 million in more than ten countries across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe and spanning maternal, newborn, and child health, HIV, TB, malaria, family planning, nutrition, immunization, and global health research and development. She was the recipient of two PATH Vision Awards for organizational excellence and partnership.

Kristy’s previous experience includes time as Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Pathfinder International where she oversaw advocacy with US policymakers and building capacity for advocacy in program countries. She helped found the Youth Health and Rights Coalition to provide a forum for the exchange of lessons learned and best practices related to improving policies and programs for young people in low- and middle-income countries. Kristy also provided technical assistance to support Pathfinder field offices in the development of advocacy initiatives in the areas of reproductive rights, contraception, and young people’s sexual and reproductive health.

Kristy received her MPH in international health from Boston University School of Public Health and her BA in sociology/anthropology and women’s studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

When not advocating for the health and rights of women, children and families, Kristy enjoys sailing and cooking with her husband Wayne.

Marissa Ware

Program and Administrative Associate

Marissa Ware

Program and Administrative Associate

Marissa joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2018 as a Program and Administrative Associate. She works to support the Global Secretariat staff across a variety of capacities.

Marissa began her career with an internship at Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health, working on USAID interventions in gender-based violence and family planning taught through community theatre. On completion of her internship, she spent a year in Uganda working for Save the Mothers as a program coordinator for their Master of Public Health Leadership Program. Marissa holds an MPH from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc in biology and Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

In her free time, you can find Marissa running the streets and trails of D.C., petting all the good dogs along the way.

MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ

Advocacy Officer

MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ

Advocacy Officer

Michelle Rodriguez joined White Ribbon Alliance as the Policy & Program Manager for the self-care initiative in March 2016. Michelle’s role focuses on advancing policy and engaging communities to enhance healthy lifestyles. Drawn to the White Ribbon Alliance's strong mission and collaborative approach, Michelle is thrilled to contribute to global solutions for healthy motherhood.

Over the past 15 years, Michelle has engaged community organizations, individuals and policy makers at the state and federal levels to address social justice issues, such as childhood hunger and older adult economic security. Before transiting to the policy field, she was an educator, where she expanded experiential education programs at both Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, DC and Citizen Schools in Framingham, MA.

Michelle volunteers as an ESL teacher with Washington Language Center. She is also a certified yoga instructor, having completed her training in Mexico, where she explored the native medicine wheel and sacred ceremonies. Michelle received her B.S. in Political Science and History from Northeastern University and her M.A. from George Mason University in International Commerce and Policy.

NISHA SINGH

Grants Administrator

NISHA SINGH

Grants Administrator

Nisha Singh joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as Grants Administrator, with her responsibilities focusing on managing the organization's grants portfolio. She works closely with program and development staff and National Alliances to strengthen organizational effectiveness and compliance.

Nisha came to WRA from a background in community organizing and grants and project management for international nonprofits. She graduated from Macalester College with a BA in Political Science and Mathematics.

RUTHIE BRYANT

Organizational Development Manager

RUTHIE BRYANT

Organizational Development Manager

Ruthie Bryant joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2017 as Organizational Development Manager, working to strengthen organizational capacity and champion best practices across the Global Alliance.

Prior to WRA, Ruthie worked at the White House as the Associate Director of the White House Visitors Office. Before that, she served as the program associate for Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action housed at the UN Foundation.

Ruthie graduated from George Washington University with a BA in International Affairs and Anthropology, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation from American University.

When not at work Ruthie enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, reading fiction, and being outdoors as often as possible.

Silvia Untiveros

Accounting Manager

Silvia Untiveros

Accounting Manager

Silvia Untiveros is a passionate accountant who graduated from George Mason University with a degree in BS in accounting. Silvia has been with WRA since 2013 and is responsible for the organization’s daily general accounting, financial management support, and financial compliance.

Silvia is originally from Peru and is a devoted wife and mother of two boys.

Outside of work, she loves traveling, cooking, and visiting friends and family.

Stephanie Bowen

Director of Strategic Communication

Stephanie Bowen

Director of Strategic Communication

As Director of Strategic Communication for White Ribbon Alliance, Stephanie Bowen leads the development and implementation of its communication strategy and serves as a spokesperson for the Alliance. Stephanie joined the Alliance in 2016 after spending more than a decade as a communication leader for several global health and development organizations including International Medical Corps, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action at the UN Foundation. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and enjoyed a successful career as a producer and assignment editor with CNN, PBS, CNBC and other media outlets. She later earned a master’s degree in creative writing. Stephanie was drawn to the Alliance because of its focus on locally-led, sustainable solutions and is thrilled to use her love of story-telling and language to help accelerate progress for vulnerable moms and babies.

When not at work, Stephanie enjoys sailing and other outdoor adventures, cooking and live music. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Marc and their dog Pepper.

TAMIM MEHERZAD

Financial Reporting Analyst

TAMIM MEHERZAD

Financial Reporting Analyst

Tamim Meherzad joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2017 where he serves as financial reporting analyst. With twelve years’ experience in the development and the non-profit sector, his prior endeavors include working for the United Nations and USAID in Afghanistan, South Sudan and the United States, among others. Tamim received a Meritorious Honor Award from the US Ambassador to Afghanistan for his outstanding performance while working for USAID. He holds a Master’s of Science in Accounting from Stratford University, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Preston University of Pakistan, and he is actively pursuing his CPA certification.

Tamim was born and raised in Afghanistan. When not at work, he loves playing volleyball and spending quality time with his wife Rodaba, their two children Elham and Siyam, and friends.

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