The Secretariat, reporting to the Reference Group and hosted by the UN Foundation, is responsible for the implementation of day-to-day activities. The Secretariat works with partners to support the four crosscutting initiatives: country support; data and performance management; global advocacy, rights, and youth; and knowledge and evidence as well as supports the Reference Group and the Performance Monitoring & Evidence Working Group. 

 

Secretariat Leadership

Beth Schlachter, Executive Director

Beth_HeadshotAs Executive Director, Beth Schlachter works to monitor and report on global and country progress in meeting FP2020 goals. Beth joined FP2020 in 2014 with more than 15 years of experience as a career foreign affairs officer working for the U.S. government in multilateral and bilateral contexts. Beth served most recently as the Senior Population Policy Advisor in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM) at the U.S. Department of State where she was the Population Policy Team Lead responsible for defining and guiding U.S. priorities in multilateral organizations on issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as U.S. international population policy. In this capacity she coordinated the U.S. government’s participation in the global twenty-year review of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), and served as a lead negotiating delegate at various sessions of the UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) and the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). As a Foreign Service Officer, Beth also served as PRM’s Public Affairs Officer focusing largely on refugee issues, as a consular officer based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and a regional human resources officer in Kampala, Uganda. Beth also worked for the British High Commission in Yaoundé, Cameroon as the DFID Management Officer. She began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea. Beth has a Master of Arts degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Irvine.

 

Martyn Smith, Managing Director

Martyn1_smallMartyn Smith demonstrates a passionate commitment to the delivery of high quality, client-centered reproductive health services, with extensive leadership experience in the sector in both Africa and Asia over the last 10 years. With a further 10 years of international experience in both the private and NGO sectors across three continents, Martyn has a proven track record in working with donor agencies, governments, civil society and the private sector to deliver health services to under-served communities, forge innovative partnerships and strengthen health systems. Martyn has led and transformed Marie Stopes International organizations in India and Sierra Leone over the last few years, before taking on a technical role as MSI's Deputy Regional Director for Asia from 2013, prior to joining Family Planning 2020 and the UN Foundation.  Before this, Martyn worked on malaria and HIV social marketing programs with PSI in Namibia. A graduate of Cambridge University, Martyn started his professional career in private sector logistics in Europe and South Africa. Martyn then switched to a social enterprise, Common Purpose International, establishing educational programs in Africa and Europe that brought together leaders from across the government, private and NGO sectors to encourage collaboration and partnership.

Secretariat Team Members

Tamar Abrams, Director, Communications

Tamar Abrams is FP2020’s Communications Director and brings more than 30 years of communications experience, with a focus on domestic women’s health for the first 15 years and global women’s health for the past 15, to the Secretariat. She has worked on staff for organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Population Action International, and Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon. Tamar has also spent many years as a strategic communications consultant, providing both strategy and implementation for clients ranging from Women Deliver to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Global Fund for Children. For many years, she was a frequent contributor to Huffington Post and has also written for Washingtonian Magazine, Washington Jewish Week, and Arlington Magazine. She is most proud of producing a daughter who is currently working at a global development firm, focusing on maternal mortality.

 

Sesi Aliu, Officer, Data & Performance Management

Sesi Aliu is an Officer with the FP2020 Data & Performance Management team and has been with the FP2020 Secretariat for three years. Prior to joining the Data & Performance Management team, he was a Senior Associate with FP2020’s Country Support team and before that served as an Associate for FP2020’s Market Dynamics and Country Engagement Working Groups. Before joining the United Nations Foundation, Sesi completed a Fulbright research project on international migration and development. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Africana Studies and French. 

 

Emma Anderson,  Communications and Data Coordinator

Emma Anderson is the coordinator for Family Planning 2020’s Communications team and Data and Performance Management team. Prior to joining FP2020 , she worked for Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Ledge Light Health District, and The Center for Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine, focusing on family planning research. She graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Behavioral Neuroscience.

 

Rati Bishnoi, Digital Engagement and Products Manager, Communications

Rati Bishnoi is Family Planning 2020’s Digital Engagement and Products Manager and brings more than eight years of editorial and project management experience to Family Planning 2020. Rati most recently served as Senior Program and Platform Funds Manager at Women Deliver's Catapult.org, a crowdfunding platform dedicated to raising funds for global gender justice programs. In the role, Rati supported NGOs join and use Catapult to raise funds as well as worked to ensure the platform engagingly represented a wide spectrum of high-quality solutions to an online audience. Prior to joining Women Deliver, Rati worked as a journalist and editor covering health care policy issues for the private research firm, the Advisory Board Company and as a reporter covering international security issues for the independent publication Inside the Pentagon. While in Washington, D.C., Rati also served on the board of Asha for Women, a nonprofit organization committed to serving the needs of South Asian American survivors of domestic abuse. Rati has a Masters of Public Administration in international policy and management from New York University's Wagner School of Public Service and a Bachelors of Arts from George Washington University. 

 

Jason Bremner, PhD, MPH, Director, Data and Performance Management

Jason Bremner, PhD MPH, is Family Planning 2020's Data and Performance Management Director. Jason joins the FP2020 Secretariat, bringing more than 15 years of experience providing technical leadership on research translation, policy analysis, data for decision making, and individual and institutional capacity building. Jason was the Associate Vice President for International Programs, Program Director for Population, Health, and Environment, and Deputy Director for the USAID-funded PACE Project at Population Reference Bureau (PRB). Jason received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina, and has an MPH in global health from Emory University. He also has a wealth of direct country experience in many of the FP2020 focus countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. As the Data and Performance Management Director, Jason will lead efforts to embed the use of data and performance management approaches through a performance monitoring and analysis of the FP2020 movement to provide trusted and transparent information regarding progress towards reaching the FP2020 goals and strengthened accountability for implementation of financial, policy, and programming commitments made by country governments, donors, the UN, civil society, and other stakeholders.

 

Isha Datta, Associate, Postpartum Family Planning and Rapid Response Mechanism

Isha Datta is the Associate for Postpartum Family Planning (PPFP) and the Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) at Family Planning 2020. In this role, Isha works to increase contraceptive use among postpartum and postabortion women and include them within the broader FP2020 framework. She also evaluates incoming RRM grants and develops funding recommendations in line with programmatic priorities. Previously, Isha worked on immigration and naturalization issues at U.S. Senator Ed Markey’s office. She has also interned with the Foreign Policy team at the Clinton Foundation, where she produced briefing materials for former U.S. President Bill Clinton’s diplomatic trips and meetings with heads of state, and with UNESCO, where she assisted with a program to integrate disabled students into classrooms. Isha holds a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s in International Public Management from Sciences Po Paris. 

 

Guillaume Debar, Portfolio Manager, Country Support

Guillaume Debar is the Portfolio Manager of FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM). He is responsible for identifying programs that meet the RRM funding strategies, coordinating the grant-making process, maintaining relationships with grantees and tracking their progress on a regular basis. Prior to this role, he served as Program Manager at the All We Can Foundation in London (UK) and as International Program Officer at Tostan in Senegal. Guillaume holds a Masters in International Studies from Sciences-Po Lille (France).

 

Maddie Dimarco, Coordinator, Senior Leadership

Maddie Dimarco is the coordinator for Family Planning 2020's Senior Leadership team. Prior to joining FP2020, Maddie worked as an intern for the D.C. office of the United Nations Population Fund and the San Francisco-based social change agency Madera Group. She recently graduated Manga Cum Laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a degree in Sociology. 

 

 Chonghee Choi Hwang, Manager, Asia, Country Support

Chonghee Hwang is Family Planning 2020’s Asia Manager and plays a key role in executing FP2020’s strategic approach for Asia, supporting coordination and problem-solving at the country and regional level, with the goal of enhancing the reproductive health and rights of women and girls. Most recently, Chonghee served as director of the Korea Foundation for International Healthcare, and as a policy analyst at Korea International Cooperation Agency. While there, she developed mid- to long-term strategies for bilateral official development assistance (ODA) programs and managed country portfolios in the Asia Pacific and Africa regions. Prior to joining the government sector, Chonghee served as a Programme Officer at the Reproductive Health Division of the United Nations Population Fund Country Office in Nepal and coordinated joint programs with multi and bilateral donor partners, such as the United States Agency for International Development, United Nations Children’s Fund, and the World Health Organization. Chonghee holds a MPH in demography from Seoul National University and is currently enrolled in the MSc in Public Health program at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, focusing on health services management.

 

Sandra Jordan, Senior Director, Global Advocacy, Rights, and Youth

Sandra Jordan leads Family Planning 2020's recently launched Global Advocacy, Rights and Youth Initiative. In this position, she spearheads FP2020’s engagement with these critical sectors, and plays a leadership role in executing FP2020's strategy for 2016-2020. Sandra joined FP2020 from USAID, where she had been working since September 2000 as the Senior Technical Advisor for Communications and Outreach in USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health.  While at USAID, Sandra developed strategies for communicating the importance of family planning and reproductive health in development assistance, and her work in external relations brought enduring partnerships and liaisons with key stakeholder audiences. Sandra was deeply involved in the 2012 London Summit and the creation of Family Planning 2020 – working with DFID to form the Rights and Empowerment Working Group, and helping to define and lead USAID’s role in the renewed initiative that focused on family planning. Sandra also served as the Country Coordinator for Guinea and Sierra Leone, and  led USAID’s special initiative on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting for 12 years. Sandra was a part of the US Government team working on the Sustainable Development Indicators, focusing on indicators 3 and 5, and for several years she has supported the USG delegation negotiations on the Commission on Population and Development.

 

Sarah Meyerhoff, Associate, Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) and Asia

Sarah Meyerhoff is the Global Advocacy, Rights, and Data Coordinator for the Family Planning 2020 Secretariat. She supports and bridges the work of the Secretariat’s Data and Performance Monitoring and Global Advocacy, Rights, and Youth initiatives. She joined the FP2020 Secretariat in February 2015 as an administrative assistant. Prior to joining the FP2020 Secretariat, Sarah worked at the U.S. Senate office of Senator John F. Kerry, the Brookings Institution, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where she focused on issues of energy, international development, and climate justice. She graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies. As an undergraduate, she also performed research on the intersection of ethnic identity, oil development, and politics in Uganda’s Albertine region.

 

Laura Raney, Family Planning High Impact Practices Advisor, Communications

Laura Raney is the Family Planning High-Impact Practices (HIPs) Advisor at Family Planning 2020. In this position, she leads the effort to strengthen and reinforce evidence-based decision-making and to focus on scaling up family planning HIPs. Supporting the promotion and dissemination of the family planning HIPs, Laura works closely with USAID and WHO’s Implementing Best Practices (IBP) staff. Laura joined FP2020 from Jhpiego, where she served as Senior Advisor, Knowledge Management and Communications. With over 20 years of experience in international reproductive health and family planning, Laura has held positions at FHI 360, the Institute of Reproductive Health, the Population Council, Abt Associates, and the World Bank. Laura holds an MSc in demography and economics from Waikato University in New Zealand and an MA in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park. 

 

Eva Ros, Director, Country Support

Eva Ros, MBA MPH, joined Family Planning 2020 as Country Support Director in April 2016 and leads outreach and support to the 69 FP2020 focus countries within the FP2020 Secretariat. She is an international public health professional with 17 years of experience in family planning/reproductive health and HIV/AIDS programs in more than 25 countries, many of them FP2020 focus countries. Recently, Eva was the director for global partnerships for the USAID-funded Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) Project at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) as well as the Country Lead/Senior Advisor for the LMG program in Libya. Previously, she was at the IFC (World Bank Group), where she worked closely with governments and other multi- and bi-lateral donors to identify, design, and implement public-private partnerships. Additionally, Eva served in Jordan for three years as the Deputy Director for a USAID-funded family planning and reproductive health project.

She received her MBA and MPH degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and her undergraduate degree in Egyptology from Brown University. Originally from Barcelona, Spain, Eva is fluent in English, Spanish, and Catalán. She has fair proficiency in French, Portuguese, and Italian, and basic proficiency in Arabic. 

Kelli Schmitz, Associate, Country Support

Kelli Schmitz is the associate for the country support and works most closely with the Anglophone and Francophone portfolios to monitoring country level progress and challenges. She joined FP2020 in 2017 following the successful completion of her service as a Peace Corps Volunteer within the rural community health sector in Benin, West Africa. As a master's student, she performed research on the impact of deterrence policies on the reproductive health of female Eritrean asylum seekers in Israel. Proficient in French, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago and an MPH from Boston University School of Public Health.

 

Jessica Schwartzman, Reference Group and Partner Relations Director

Jessica Schwartzman is the Reference Group and Partner Relations Director and works closely with the executive director to collaborate with existing donor partners and secure new Family Planning 2020 commitments and manage FP2020's relationships within the global architecture. Prior to this role, she served as the senior manager for donor engagement as well as manager of FP2020's Performance Monitoring & Accountability and Rights & Empowerment Working Groups. Jessica joined FP2020 after holding various positions on the United Nations Foundation's Women & Population Girls team, where she focused primarily on collaborative initiatives with NGO partners, the US government, UN agencies, and the private sector. In this capacity, Jessica contributed to the design and implementation of the team's policy and advocacy initiatives, led the coordination of UNF's efforts to end child marriage and worked with colleagues across the organization to advance UNF's overall global reproductive health strategy. Before working at UNF, Jessica lived in San Francisco and worked for the Consulting Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and at the Hamilton Family Center, a non-profit dedicated to providing eviction prevention, housing, and after-care services to homeless families in the Bay Area. She also spent time working on community development projects in South Africa. Jessica holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in public policy with honors from the School of Public Affairs at American University.

 

Holley Stewart, Senior Manager, Anglophone Africa, Country Support

Holley Stewart is Family Planning 2020’s regional manager for Anglophone Africa and in this role continues her professional focus on addressing the health and rights of people, especially women and children, tackling international development and health issues—including population dynamics, family planning, reproductive health, maternal-newborn-child health, gender and youth. A policy communications and advocacy specialist, she assists decision-makers with translating, communicating, and using data for delivering key messages and for policy reform. She has strengthened advocacy skills and media coverage on topics ranging from population issues and family planning to gender-based violence and female genital mutilation and has developed strategic frameworks for policy action, particularly in sub-Saharan African countries. Mostly recently, at the Population Reference Bureau, she managed its country portfolios in Malawi, Benin, and Ghana which advanced family planning as a critical development issue on national agenda where she used innovative data visualization technologies to engage high-level policymakers. She has written or contributed to many policy-relevant publications and training materials and has worked in several countries including Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania. Fluent in French, she holds a B.A. cum laude in history and literature from Harvard University and a M.Sc. in medical demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine at the University of London. 

 

Emily J. Sullivan, Youth Engagement Manager 

Emily Sullivan is Family Planning 2020’s Youth Engagement Manager and a committed youth advocate with five years of technical experience in sexual and reproductive health, healthy adolescent relationship promotion, and maternal and child health. She has worked in advocacy, communications, research, and partnership building with a wide variety of stakeholders across the United States, East Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. Emily is based in Washington, D.C. after several years of working and studying internationally in Uganda, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. As a Global Health Corps Fellow and program manager for MIFUMI in Uganda, Emily worked to integrate health promotion, child protection, and gender-based violence prevention services. Later, as a research and program associate at the National University of Singapore’s School of Public Health, she coordinated a regional research-to-policy communication initiative and national sex worker health study. She previously supported the Population Reference Bureau’s gender and reproductive health work as an international programs assistant. Emily holds a Master of Science in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Public and Community Health and Women’s Studies from the University of Maryland College Park.

 

Taylor Sheridan, Coordinator, Partner Relations and Global Advocacy, Rights, and Youth

Taylor Sheridan joined the Secretariat in 2017 as the coordinator for the Partner Relations and Global Advocacy, Rights and Youth portfolios. Taylor previously worked at Operation Smile as an Education Program Coordinator for three years. At Operation Smile, she managed Surgical Education and Life Support programs in several countries, including Ethiopia, Malawi, and India. Taylor received her bachelor’s degree in global affairs, with a concentration in international development, from George Mason University.

 

Tom Van Boven, Manager, Francophone Africa, Country Support

As Family Planning 2020’s Regional Manager for Francophone Africa, Tom Van Boven works to strengthen and accelerate country-led family planning strategies in West and Central Africa. Tom joined FP2020 in 2016 following a career in international development, where he focused on improving global health, gender equity, and quality education in sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, Tom served as the family planning and HIV advisor for USAID in Benin, where he also held the role of focal point for FP2020 and the Ouagadougou Partnership. Tom previously served as HIV advisor for USAID in Angola, where he led the first public-private initiative to involve the business sector in the fight against HIV. Tom began his career as a teacher in Belgium, followed by a four-year period as a Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) volunteer in Zambia, working on education programs for the Ministry of Education as well as on reproductive health in school settings. In his final year with VSO in Zambia, Tom worked as head of programs for the Zambia National Women’s Lobby, fighting for gender equity, women’s rights, and women’s political empowerment. Tom has a Master of Arts degree from American University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brussels, Belgium. 

 

Elise Walter, Officer, Communications

Elise Walter, Communications Officer for Family Planning 2020, is a writer and editor supporting FP2020 partners and team members in their efforts to empower women and girls worldwide. Elise focuses on outreach, media relations, message development, and strategic communications to advance FP2020’s mission.  Prior to joining FP2020, Elise served on the health communications team at The Pew Charitable Trusts, specializing in antibiotic resistance, food safety, and biomedical research. Before that, she worked in communications and marketing for political campaigns, public health nonprofits and arts organizations in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Chicago. Elise was born in California and has lived and traveled in Southeast Asia and Europe for most of her life. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and English Literature from Northwestern University.

 

Varina Winder, Chief of Staff

Varina Winder serves as Chief of Staff for FamilyPlanning 2020, joining the United Nations Foundation after six years at the U.S. Department of State, most recently as Senior Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues. While at the State Department, Varina led policy development and execution on gender-based violence, women’s and girls’ health, and gender in multilateral affairs, and led the interagency working group negotiating the U.S. position on Goal 5 for the Sustainable Development Goals. She worked for former Deputy Secretary Higginbottom on development and global health issues, at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota covering human rights and gender, and on the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration's Gender and Youth team. She joined the Department as a Presidential Management Fellow, leading Latin American policy development and engagement for the Global Women's Issues office. Varina began her career as a policy analyst for the Alliance for Children and Families and as legislative aide to former Representative Marty Meehan (D-MA). Varina holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Bachelors’ degrees in English and Spanish from Georgetown University. 

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