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.
Beth Schlachter, Executive Director
As 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
Martyn 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.
Sesi Aliu, Manager, Data & Performance Management
Sesi Aliu is a Manager with the FP2020 Data & Performance Management team and has been with the FP2020 Secretariat for five 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.
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.
Courtney Calardo, Communications Manager
Courtney Calardo supports the overall development and implementation of Family Planning 2020’s communications strategy as the Communications Manager. Courtney brings 7 years of experience in strategic communications with a primary focus in international development. Most recently, Courtney served as the Communications and Applied Innovation Lead at the Center for Development Innovation within USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab, where she provided strategic communications and partnership development support to grantees with innovative, evidence-based solutions for major global issues, as well as key implementing partners, and she worked to promote the integration of innovation in development programming overall. With additional experience in the private sector as a consultant, Courtney has supported the development and execution of communication strategies for academic institutions, international governments, NGOs and the private sector, including Georgetown’s Institute for Reproductive Health, Enroll America, National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. Courtney graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.A. in Journalism and International Studies, focusing on human rights and photojournalism.
Emma Chadband, Communications Officer
Emma Chadband is the Communications Officer for Family Planning 2020. She brings more than six years of communications experience to the organization, working primarily in economic equality and workers’ rights, with a background in family planning. Emma’s previous work used digital media, graphic design, and videography to make the link between family planning and economic prosperity – showing women and girls can’t care for their families or participate in their economies if they can’t plan and space their pregnancies. Emma graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelors of Arts in journalism. In her free time, Emma volunteers for SMYAL and The Dinner Party, two nonprofits near and dear to her heart.
Isha Datta, Associate, Postpartum Family Planning and Rapid Response Mechanism, Country Support
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, Senior Portfolio Manager, Rapid Response Mechanism, Country Support
Guillaume Debar is the Senior 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).
Onyinye Edeh, Associate, Anglophone Africa
Onyinye Edeh is the associate for the country support team, and works most closely with the Anglophone portfolio to monitor country level progress and challenges. She joined FP2020 in April 2019 following an incredible two-year fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA) in Nigeria and the Republic of Niger whereby she examined and documented critical issues affecting the lives of girls, notably child marriage, female genital mutilation, girls’ access to education and empowerment. A Nigerian-American, Onyinye possesses over eight years of experience in international development and the non-profit sector, with focus on adolescent and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. She obtained her Master of Public Health and Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology & Anthropology from the University of Washington-Seattle and Agnes Scott College, respectively. Onyinye holds graduate-level certificates in the Global Health of Women, Adolescents and Children and in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research from the Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER). She has previously worked with the Georgia Department of Community Health, PATH, Action Health Incorporated (AHI) and Strong Enough Girls’ Empowerment Initiative (SEGEI).
Tara Egan, Manager, Budgets, Grants, and Contract Services
Tara Egan manages the FP2020 Secretariat’s budgets, grants, and contract services and processes. Prior to joining FP2020 in 2017, Tara served as the Deputy Director of Crittenton Services of Greater Washington, a community-based reproductive health education nonprofit. At Crittenton, Tara oversaw financial management, human resources, IT, operations, and other internal functions during 5 years of rapid organizational growth. She specializes in nonprofit financial management, strategic and operational planning, and capacity building, and has worked with several nonprofits in the health and women’s health fields, as staff, a board member, and a volunteer, including Planned Parenthood Los Angeles, Worksite Wellness LA, and LA for Choice. Tara holds an Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from McGill University.
Alison Bodenheimer Gatto, Postpartum Family Planning Manager, Country Support
Alison Bodenheimer Gatto is Postpartum Family Planning Manager within Family Planning 2020’s Country Support team. In this role, Alison provides strategic leadership to the Postpartum and Post-Abortion Family Planning partnership in close collaboration with partners and FP2020 focal points. Prior to joining FP2020, Alison served as Technical Advisor for Adolescent and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health with Pathfinder International. Previously, she managed the Francophone Africa advocacy portfolio with Advance Family Planning at Johns Hopkins’ Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health. In addition to a focus on reproductive health and family planning, Alison has a background in health and rights in emergencies, most recently consulting for Columbia University and UNICEF in Jordan to improve monitoring and reporting of child rights violations in conflict throughout the Middle East and North Africa region. Fluent in French, Alison has a MPH in Forced Migration and Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a Bachelors degree in Psychology and French from College of the Holy Cross.
Jordan Hatcher, Associate, Rapid Response Mechanism and Asia Country Support
Jordan is the Associate for FP2020’s Rapid Response Mechanism and Asia Country Support team. Prior to joining the FP2020 Secretariat, Jordan worked with Health Policy Plus (HP+) as a Family Planning/Reproductive Health Associate where she supported multiple countries in developing and executing their family planning Costed Implementation Plans (CIPs). Jordan holds an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a B.A. in International Studies and Spanish with a certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has previously served as a community health volunteer in Peace Corps Senegal as well as a Peace Corps Response Volunteer on the PEPFAR-funded DREAMS project in South Africa.
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.
Hilary Johnson, Chief of Staff
Hilary Johnson serves as the Chief of Staff for Family Planning 2020. Prior to this, Hilary was the Reference Group and Special Projects Manager, coordinating critical efforts to advance the partnership. Hilary joins FP2020 from the U.S. Department of State, where she most recently served as the Congressional Affairs Advisor in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. She joined the Department as a Presidential Management Fellow in the Bureau of Legislative Affairs. While at the Department, Hilary also worked in the Secretary’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs, the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, and the Foreign Service Institute. Hilary holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution with a focus on U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East from Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago.
Sandra Jordan, Senior Advisor for Rights and Empowerment
Sandra Jordan leads Family Planning 2020's Rights and Empowerment 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.
Cate Lane, Director, Adolescents and Youth
Cate Lane is the Director for Adolescents and Youth, where she works closely with FP2020 countries that have made adolescent focused commitments to advance evidence-informed approaches to improve adolescent use of contraception. Cate also collaborates with FP2020’s Youth Engagement Manager to support the work of Youth Focal Points and to strengthen the Secretariat’s capacity for meaningful youth engagement. Cate has over 30 years of experience in adolescent sexual and reproductive health and has worked on both the implementation and donor side, including Pathfinder International, the Futures Group International, Advocates for Youth, and USAID. Cate has worked in a number of low and middle income countries in sub Saharan Africa and South Asia, and she holds a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Health Behavior and Education and Population Planning.
Samantha Lemieux, Coordinator, Country Support and Humanitarian
Samantha Lemieux is a recent graduate of the George Washington University’s honor college, where she graduated with degrees in French Language, Literature, and Culture, as well as Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. Prior to joining FP2020, Samantha spent her college career working for the office of Events & Venues, helping to plan events such as the University’s Bicentennial and the Commencement Ceremony. She also utilized her time abroad in Dakar, Senegal, to work with ENDA Energie, collaborating to get women in the informal food sector access to modern energy services and sustainable food production practices.
Mande Limbu, Advocacy and Civil Society Engagement Manager, Global Advocacy, Rights, and Youth
Mande Limbu is the Advocacy and Civil Society Engagement Manager for Family Planning 2020. She is a policy and advocacy professional with 10 years of experience shaping policy agendas and advocacy strategies to improve reproductive and maternal health. Her expertise lies in successfully leading national and global advocacy campaigns to influence prioritization and financing of family planning and maternal and child health programs. Mande has previously worked as a senior advisor for global policy and advocacy at White Ribbon Alliance in Washington, DC and director of sexual, reproductive and maternal health at CARE Tanzania. She holds a JSD from Cornell University and LLM from Georgetown University. Originally from Tanzania, Mande is fluent in Swahili and English.
Krista Newhouse, Manager, Anglophone Africa, Country Support
In her role as Family Planning 2020’s Anglophone Africa Manager, Krista Newhouse plays a key role in executing FP2020’s strategic approach for Anglophone Africa, supporting coordination and problem-solving in the region, including 18 commitment-making countries. She most recently served as the Senior Regional Manager of Public Sector Engagement at Medicines360 and has more than a decade of experience in non-profit organizations and private sector focused on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, technology, and pharmaceutical. Krista holds a Master of Science in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Laura Raney, Senior Advisor, High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs)
Laura Raney is the Senior Advisor, High Impact Practices in Family Planning (HIPs) at Family Planning 2020 (FP2020). In this position she provides direct support to FP2020 commitment-making countries in the use of evidence-based family planning practices to advance access for girls and women. Laura collaborates closely with USAID staff and WHO-based staff at the Implementing Best Practices initiative (IBP). She has over 20 years of experience in international reproductive health and family planning and has worked with Jhpiego, FHI 360, the Institute of Reproductive Health, the Population Council, Abt Associates, the World Bank, and USAID. Laura received her MSocSc in demography and economics from Waikato University in New Zealand and 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.
Emma Sampson, Coordinator, Executive Leadership and Rights and Empowerment teams
Emma Sampson is the Coordinator for FP2020’s Executive Leadership and Rights and Empowerment teams. She is a recent graduate of The George Washington University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and studied Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. While living abroad in Cusco, Peru, Emma worked with the organization Peruvian Hearts to promote secondary education and sexual and reproductive health for indigenous women and girls.
Jennifer Schlecht, Senior Advisor for Emergency Preparedness and Response
Jennifer Schlecht focuses on sharpening global attention to the family planning needs of crisis affected women and girls, while also providing direct support to FP2020 commitment-making countries with need and interest to improve FP for women and girls affected by crises- through both preparedness and response actions. Jennifer brings to this position, 15 years of experience in international relief and development, including specialized work on ASRH, Family planning and child marriage at the Women’s Refugee Commission, M&E of family planning efforts at EngenderHealth/Tanzania, and undertaking SRH assessments across diverse crises through the Reproductive Health Access, Information and Services in Emergencies (RAISE) Initiative. Jennifer received her MSSW/ MPH from Columbia University.
Kelli Schmitz, Senior Associate, Francophone Countries, Country Support
Kelli Schmitz is a senior associate for the country support and works most closely with the Francophone portfolio 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.
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.
Faith Tabifor, Coordinator, FP2020 Reference Group and Global Initiatives
Faith Tabifor is the Coordinator for Family Planning 2020’s Reference Group and Global Initiatives. Prior to joining the FP2020 Secretariat, she served as an intern at the World Health Organization Country Office in Uganda where she supported the development of strategies to strengthen country capacity in facilitating health service delivery to local communities. She has also interned at World Vision, where she collaborated with Johns Hopkins researchers on the Child Health and Nutrition Impact Study to develop components of a scientific manuscript regarding vulnerability factors to poor health and nutrition outcomes in under-five rural children. As a master’s student, she supported the operations team at Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore where she also conducted research to evaluate the accuracy of Household Vulnerability Prioritization tool in capturing the most vulnerable populations affected by HIV/AIDS. Faith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Towson University and Master’s degree in Public Health (Global Health) from University of Maryland, Baltimore. Originally from Cameroon, she is also a proficient French speaker.
Varina Winder, Senior Manager, Global Partnerships & Strategic Engagement
Varina Winder serves as Senior Manager, Global Partnerships & Strategic Engagement 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.