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. Outside of work, Sesi enjoys learning design, discovering new music, and watching stand-up comedy. 

 

Rati Bishnoi, Knowledge Management and Innovations Manager, Communications

Rati Bishnoi is Family Planning 2020’s Knowledge Management and Innovations 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. In her free time, Rati loves trying and making new foods and spending time outside with friends and family.

 

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.

 

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).

 

Blene Hailu, Coordinator, Senior Leadership

Blene Hailu is the coordinator for the Family Planning 2020’s Senior Leadership team. She has received her Master in Public Health from Virginia Tech with a concentration in Health Education and a Certificate in Global Planning and International Development Studies. Before joining FP2020, Blene was an intern at World Vision US working with the Food Security and Livelihood team, where she provided programmatic and new business development support. Blene is interested in research, evidence-based program planning and development as well as monitoring and evaluation of programs. When not at work, Blene enjoys watching sports and exploring new restaurants in the Washington D.C. area.

 

 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. As a fan of the Los Angeles Kings, she enjoys watching hockey games and loves exploring art galleries and museums in the Washington area.

 

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.

 

Socorro Lopez,  Coordinator, Partner Relations and Communications

Socorro Lopez serves as the Partner Relations and Communications Coordinator for Family Planning 2020, providing dual support to and synchronizing the efforts of the Partner Relations and Communications teams. Prior to joining FP2020, Socorro interned with the Office of Population and Reproductive Health at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In this role, she assisted the agency’s communications teams in highlighting USAID’s work in global health, with a particular focus on family planning and reproductive health. She also previously interned at the American Public Health Association and spent a summer participating in the Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While interning at the CDC, she collaborated with the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program’s communications team to develop strategies and products aimed at improving the national surveillance of environmental health issues. Socorro completed an undergraduate degree in environmental studies with a double minor in public health and geographic information systems at the George Washington University. She is interested in and hopes to continue learning about the interconnectivity between environmental sustainability, population dynamics, reproductive health and rights.

 

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. Outside the office Laura enjoys hiking, watercolor painting, and baking for family and friends.

 

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. She is also a lifelong fan of FC Barcelona.

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.

 

Seyi Segun, Associate, Africa, Country Support

Seyi Segun is the Africa Associate with the Family Planning 2020 Country Support team. In this capacity, Seyi provides programmatic support to the Africa Regional Managers and the Country Support Director on country level progress and challenges as well as by working closely with country focal points. Seyi joins the United Nations Foundation from the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention, where she worked as a program management contractor, overseeing two organization-wide initiatives that focused on developing the next generation of pharmacy leaders. Prior to that, she interned with Wholesome Wave in Washington, D.C. where she provided communications support for the company's Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program (FVRx) on Minnesota Avenue. Seyi has two years of international development experience encompassing a Princeton in Africa Fellowship with Gardens for Health International in Kigali, Rwanda as well as an English Teaching Assistantship in Cayenne, French Guiana through the French Ministry of Education’s Teaching Assistant Program in France.  Seyi is a graduate of American University's School of Communication with a Bachelor of Arts in Print Journalism and French.

 

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. A swimmer who relishes ocean water, Holley studies the cello when on land.

 

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.

 

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. When not at the office, Tom loves to spend time outside with his two children and cooking traditional Belgian meals for friends.

 

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.

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