Our Board

Kate Campana

 

Kate Campana has been building successful coalitions and campaigns for equal
access for the past 13 years. As the chief executive and chief catalyst of The Access Challenge, Kate is responsible for the organization’s vision and strategy. She designs and executes powerful mass media campaigns and conducts high-level advocacy.

Before founding The Access Challenge, Kate led Speak Up Africa, Inc. for five years. In that role, she created some of the continent’s most notable mass media campaigns, including Every Breath Counts, which focuses on preventing pneumonia deaths and Africa United, which partnered with the Confederation of African Football to build public trust in health workers in the fight against ebola. Before joining Speak Up Africa, Kate was the first employee and the founding member of Malaria No More, where she served as Managing Director. She played a pivotal role in establishing the organization as a leader in the fight against malaria.

Kate has her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University, and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She worked as an attorney at the international law firm, Shearman & Sterling, before beginning her career in public health.

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Scott Case

 

Timothy "Scott" Case is a technologist, entrepreneur, inventor and co-founder of priceline.com, the "Name Your Own Price" Internet service. It is one of only a handful of startups in US history to reach a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months. As Chief Technology Officer, he was responsible for building the technology that enabled priceline.com's hyper-growth.

Moving beyond technology he successfully launched several priceline.com businesses. These included Priceline for Gasoline, by far the firm's fastest growing business. In 2006, Scott joined the Malaria No More organization as CEO to inspire individuals and institutions in the private sector to end deaths caused by malaria. In January 2011, Case was named CEO of the Startup America Partnership where he and his team supported a national network of vibrant startup communities. Scott presently serves on the  Board of Network for Good (www.NetworkForGood.org), a national nonprofit that has distributed more than $100 million to 20,000 nonprofits.

Scott was named a University of Connecticut “40 under 40” outstanding Alumni in 2008. He is also an inductee into the University of Connecticut Academy of Distinguished Engineers, and currently serves as a Wall Street Journal Startup of the Year Mentor. In 2012, he was Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient at Georgetown University. His newest project is the company Main Street Genome, which he co-founded in 2014.

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Pape Gaye

 

For over three decades, Gaye has advocated for, built and leveraged strong partnerships with governments, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector to catalyze change and enable health workers to better serve communities in need.

A native of Senegal, Gaye began his career in international development as a trainer of Peace Corps volunteers in Senegal and Benin. As the director of IntraHealth International’s regional office for West, Central and North Africa, Gaye focused on improving the performance of health workers and health systems to more effectively serve clients and communities with quality care. Today, he is President and CEO of IntraHealth, and has expanded the company substantially during his tenure.

Gaye continues to pursue his lifelong commitment by collaborating with leaders in developing countries to encourage sustainable development in vulnerable communities. He also continues to advocate for family planning, especially in his native West Africa, as a high-impact solution to address health and population challenges.

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Kristin Giantris

Chair 

Kristin Giantris is the Vice President for the Northeast Region of the Nonprofit Finance Fund. She is responsible for managing and overseeing delivery of NFF's services and all marketing and fundraising in metropolitan New York and New England. Ms. Giantris' professional experience combines over 15 years of economic development and debt financing in both the nonprofit and for profit sectors. Most recently, Ms. Giantris was a Vice President at Citigroup Global Markets Inc., where she managed cross-border, US- dollar debt issuance for various financial, corporate and governmental clients.

Prior to her time at Citigroup, Ms. Giantris served as a multi-country Program Officer in Washington, DC and as a Country Director in Albania for the nonprofit firm ACDI/VOCA, managing agribusiness technical assistance and small business development programs. Ms. Giantris earned a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a BA in Political Science from Kenyon College.

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Gerhard Hagn

 

Gerhard has been a healthcare executive with Pfizer Inc. for 19 years. He has held numerous leadership positions of increasing responsibilities across every stage of the life cycle of medicines – from early R&D and large Phase 3 pivotal trials to many launches, growth brands as well as molecules that face loss of patent protection. Gerhard possesses expertise across a variety of pharmaceutical markets from local (US, Germany) to regional (Emerging Markets, Europe) to global. He has developed a deep passion for providing rapid and broad access and reimbursement of medicines to patients around the world which has led him to his current role as Vice President, Global Business Unit Lead, in Pfizer’s Patient & Health Impact division. Gerhard currently leads a team comprised of health economists, outcomes research scientists and access strategists in Inflammation & Immunology.

During a Pfizer Global Health Fellowship assignment in Blantyre, Malawi, Gerhard had the opportunity to serve as a Marketing & Sales consultant for Population Services International during which he developed a high interest in the healthcare challenges of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa. Armed with this hands-on experience and due to his newly developed passion, Gerhard was subsequently assigned as Global Commercial Lead for Pfizer’s malaria portfolio and initiated a pivotal Phase 3 prevention trial in 5,000 Sub-Saharan African pregnant women and prepared the launch of a new anti-malarial treatment in partnership with Medicines for Malaria Venture and sigma-tau.

Outside of work, Gerhard has been actively engaged in numerous outreach programs through his church, United Methodist Christ Church where he also serves on the Staff-Parish-Committee, including a micro-financing project in Cartagena, Colombia, and a program for families with children 0-3 years old in Washington Heights, NYC. In 2007, Gerhard was awarded the Largest Private Contributor by WaterAid.

Gerhard holds a degree of ‘Apotheker’ from the pharmacy school of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany. He enjoys exposing his family to travel and adventure through snowboarding, surfing, swimming, hiking and traveling in various parts of the world. Gerhard resides with his wife, Susana, and his two children, Luna and Maximilian, in Manhattan, New York.

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Jill Hertz Blaustein

 

Jill Hertz Blaustein worked for close to nine years as a commercial litigation attorney at the Wall Street law firm, Thacher Proffitt & Wood. She went on to become a Vice President at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, and then started her own public relations and business consulting company, Moonstone Communications. Her work in public relations has largely centered on crisis communications, litigation outreach, law firm visibility programs, and business growth planning.

In recent years, Jill has been a Board member and officer of The Metropolitan Montessori School, the International Academic Friends of Israel, and the 6-16 West 77th Street Cooperative Buildings. She is a member of the Cathedral School’s Annual Fund team.

She earned her JD from BU Law School, and has undergraduate degrees with honors from SUNY Binghamton in Theater and Political Science. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and teenaged son.

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Rosemary Mahoney

 

Rosemary Mahoney works as a consultant on international cooperative development projects as well as on nonprofit and cooperative business development projects in the United States. She was the former CEO of CoMetrics and currently serves as a Senior Adviser with the company.  She was a founding partner of MainStreet Cooperative Group, LLC, a director of New Venture Development for Cooperative Solutions, LLC, the executive director of Cooperative Development Services (CDS) and the Regional Director for Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary.

At present, Rosemary serves on the Boards of Directors of the National Cooperative Grocers, the National Cooperative Grocers Development Cooperative, Thanexus, Inc., KBF, LLC, The Cooperative Foundation, CoMetrics and Capital Impact Partners. She currently serves as Board Chair for both CoMetrics and Capital Impact Partners.  Rosemary formerly served on the Boards of Directors of the National Cooperative Business Association, the National Cooperative Bank, Cooperative Development Institute and CooperationWorks.

Rosemary was raised on a family farm in the Midwest and has her Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois.

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Steven C. Phillips M.D., M.P.H.

 

As a Senior Fellow at Chatham House, part of the Center for Global Health Security in London’s Royal Institute of International Affairs, Dr. Phillips was the founder of the IDRAM initiative (Extractive Industries Infectious Diseases Risk Assessment and Management). This was a global policy-level discussion among the extraction industry, international development and finance institutions, national government stakeholders and science leaders addressing the risks and management of new transmissible diseases in tropical hot zones. Dr. Phillips was formerly Medical Director for Global Projects at Exxon Mobil Corporation. His career there included creating and managing the $120 million ExxonMobil Malaria Initiative. As CEO Rex Tillerson’s “ambassador” to the global health community, he worked closely with governments, NGOs, foundations, UN agencies (WHO/UNICEF), multilateral, and faith-based organizations, African governments and the private sector in fostering public-private partnerships as a development platform to address urgent global health priorities. He served two terms as private sector representative on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Roll Back Malaria partnership in Geneva. In this capacity he coordinated the business sector input of some 30 companies into the global policy agenda of the World Health Organization, and the development of strategic plans and financing toward the global malaria elimination by 2025 goal. He also served in a similar capacity as part of the private sector constituency to the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS,TB, and Malaria in 2006-2010.

Prior to his ExxonMobil career, Dr. Phillips served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer with the US Centers for Disease Control. He was a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service, and was assigned to the New York City Department of Public Health.

He currently serves on the boards of The Wooster Group, Team Africa Rising, as an advisor to the United Nations Special Envoy for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Global Health Programs of Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital and the University of California at San Francisco, and the Waterman’s Community Center (North Haven, ME). He received his baccalaureate and medical degrees from Stanford University, and a Masters of Public Health from UCLA. Dr. Phillips is a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American Board of Preventive and Occupational Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Sara Savage

 

Sara graduated from Brown University in 1990, Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, with a degree in Political Science. She earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1994, graduating with honors and receiving an award for excellence in advocacy that included a one-week clerkship at the U.S. Supreme Court. She worked as an associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, and then in 1994, became a law clerk to the honorable Reena Raggi of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Sara then spent the next eight years as an associate at Stillman & Friedman, a small litigation boutique focused on white collar criminal defense and complex litigation, where she worked on internal corporate investigations, mediations, plea negotiations and trials.

In 2005, Sara left the legal field and co-founded Sane Designs. Sane Designs is a full-service residential interior design firm with projects in Manhattan, Connecticut and Westchester County.

Sara is an active alumna of Brown University. She is the President-Elect of the Board of Governors of the Brown Alumni Association. Sara also serves on the President’s Advisory Council on the College. Sara is a long-standing member of the Brown University Annual Fund Leadership Committee for which she solicits leadership level gifts on behalf of the University, and is a member of the Brown Together Campaign Committee for the New York metro area.

Sara has served on the Board of Directors of ASAP!, a non-profit children’s arts program since 2010, where she serves on the Executive Committee and the Governance Committee.

Sara and her husband live in Manhattan and Warren, CT and have two daughters, ages 18 and 16, both of whom have participated in service trips to Zambia.

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Yana Watson Kakar

 

Yana Watson Kakar is Dalberg's Global Managing Partner, based in Dalberg's New York office. Yana supports leaders in the private and public sectors in developing strategy, quantifying investment and business opportunities, designing programs, facilitating partnerships, and evaluating impact.

Currently, Yana is facilitating a multi-donor effort to structure an innovative financing mechanism for agricultural investments in frontier markets. She is also leading an organizational effectiveness review for a development agency focused on gender equality and empowerment. Recently, Yana led an engagement in Afghanistan for the U.S. Agency for International Development, developing an agricultural investment strategy with metrics for increased food security and economic development. In addition, she has been involved in Haiti's post-earthquake reconstruction through initiatives ranging from branchless banking for financial inclusion to balanced scorecards for performance management.

Yana holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA from McGill University in Political Science.

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Megan Young Wiese

 

Megan Young Wiese has spent the last twenty years on not-for-profit boards, primarily in the areas of education, the environment, human rights, and the arts. A former public school teacher, Megan has served on the boards of The Partnership for Children’s Rights, Reading Reform Foundation, The Stephen Gaynor School, and The Writing Revolution.

After teaching English in China around the time of the Tiananmen Square protests, she became active with Human Rights in China, organizing with leaders of the dissident movement and ultimately serving on the U.S.-based organization's board for 18 years. Similarly, a year of travels throughout Latin America in 1995 led her to chair the Advisory Board at Amazon Watch, working on behalf of indigenous peoples to protect the region’s rainforests. Megan’s travels also prompted her involvement in African environmental and humanitarian initiatives, including fundraising for Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai's Green Belt Movement and for Speak Up Africa. Additionally, Megan prioritizes support for incubating projects and was involved in the founding of Target Margin Theater and The Essex Farm Institute, on whose boards she has served, and the oceans conservation initiative Sea Legacy.   

Megan holds a B.A. from Duke University and is based in New York City with her husband Russell and three teen-aged children.

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