Our team is comprised of passionate, committed professionals
with global health and development expertise in project management,
strategic planning, messaging and editing, marketing and communications,
financial strategy and analysis, and event leadership. 

Claire Topal
Claire TopalFounder & Managing Director

Claire leads Red Tomato partnerships and programs. She is also Senior Advisor for International Health at The National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR), where she was previously Vice President. She has served as Managing Director of the Pacific Health Summit, Senior Research Consultant at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, and World Affairs Council Fellow. Claire worked for the social science journal Issues & Studies in Taipei and the nonprofit strategy firm Vantage Consulting Group in New York City, as well as at the International Desk of the Associated Press and in the Louvre Museum Cultural Affairs office in Paris. She has also been a teacher in Shanghai. Claire holds an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and an AB in Modernism from Cornell University. 

Dawn BassEditorial Assassin & Director of Devil’s Advocacy

Dawn is a seasoned strategist, writer, and Founder of Mightier and the Mightier Network, of which Red Tomato is a member. She is Associate Editor at the Seattle Review of Books and spent over a decade at PATH in such roles as Manager of Strategic Communications, where she led a team of digital, events, and stewardship experts to create a comprehensive and effective brand experience based on respect for the audience and judicious use of data and digital insights. Dawn has also been Senior Editor at University of Chicago Press and Content Specialist at Vegas.com. Dawn holds an MA and BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Minnesota.

Raelynn Campbell
Raelyn CampbellSenior Advisor

Raelyn has three decades of entrepreneurial experience developing and driving policy advocacy, external relations, and partnership strategies. She helped launch and served as Senior Vice President at Panorama. She has also been Special Advisor at the United Nations Foundation and Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she launched its first Asia-Pacific government relations and advocacy portfolio. Raelyn directed international policy initiatives at the National Bureau of Asian Research, the Advanced Medical Technology Association, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. She holds an AB in Diplomacy and Asian Affairs from Occidental College.

Rachel Katz
Rachel KatzConsultant

Rachel has more than a decade of experience cultivating donors and building strategic partnerships in the corporate and nonprofit spaces, and executing successful events. She currently serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships at I Support The Girls. Previously, she was Director of Strategy & Business Development at PresenTense, was Director of Corporate Philanthropy at AIG, and led special events at the Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the American Museum of Natural History. She holds an MBA from Boston University and a BA in American Studies from Brandeis University.

Abby Klingbeil
Abby KlingbeilHigher ed’s secret weapon

Abby specializes in action-oriented storytelling in higher-education advancement communications, from presidential appeal letters and case statements, to development event talking points and campaign materials. She helps lead advancement communications for Brandeis University and was Assistant Director of Editorial for the University of Washington’s MarCom department for more than eight years. She has also been Development and Communications Officer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Business Reporter at The Journal News and other newspapers, and consulted for Tufts University and MIT. Abby holds an MPA in Public Administration for the University of Washington and a BA in History from Dartmouth College.

Jacqueline Koch
Jacqueline M. KochStory-Driven Communicator & PR Maven

Jacqueline is Co-Founder and Partner at Boost!Collective and has, as a journalist, covered such issues as medical relief, health system strengthening, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, malaria, and disaster recovery in Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Pakistan, Kenya, Mozambique and Haiti. She was previously Northwest Regional Communication Program Manager for the American Red Cross. She has also worked with The World Bank, Clinton Foundation, WHO, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, National Bureau of Asian Research, Wellcome Trust, Mercy Corps, J/P Haitian Relief Organization, and Merlin USA and UK. She is fluent in French and holds a BSJ and an MA in Visual Communications from Ohio University.

Robert LinSenior Advisor

Rob has more than two decades of experience connecting corporate, non-profit, and foundation health R&D and program strategies to financial reality. He is currently Vice President of Translational Science at UPMC Enterprises in Interim CEO of BlueSphere Bio. Previously he was CFO of Phebotics, Inc. and VP of Finance at the Infectious Diseases Research Institute. He has also been Global Health Executive Team member and Deputy Director for Global Health Financial Planning and Analysis at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. pior to that he worked in corporate development at Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Takeda) and as a Senior Consultant with Dean & Company Strategy Consultants. He holds a PhD in Human Genetics from Harvard University and an MS in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. Rob is a CFA charter holder and term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mia LipmanEditorial Assassin

Mia is Director of Content at the University of Washington and Principal Editor at Dots & Dashes. Previously, she was Senior Editor at Yesler. Mia has more than 15 years of experience as an editor and journalist, including positions at Apple, Amazon, University of California Press, San Francisco magazine, Avalon Travel Publishing, ParentMap, and Yahoo. She specializes in copyediting, proofreading, and editorial strategy, and her clients range from individuals to nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies. Mia is a member of the Bay Area Editors' Forum and the Northwest Independent Editors Guild. She founded and hosts Lit Fix, a non-profit quarterly reading and music series that celebrates Seattle's vibrant arts scene. Mia is fluent in French and holds a BA in English from Wesleyan University.

Karuna LuthraConsultant

Karuna is a seasoned project manager in global health policy research and analysis, advocacy, communications, and grant writing. She is Senior Manager at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and before that worked with the International Vaccine Access Center. She has also been Manager at Global Health Strategies in New Delhi and Senior Project Manager for the Center for Health and Aging at The National Bureau of Asian Research, where she supported the Pacific Health Summit. Karuna speaks Hindi and holds an MPH and MBA from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a BA in international relations and BS in public health from the University of Washington.

Iva NaffzigerConsultant

Iva holds 15+ years of experience in international affairs, global development, and market research-based consulting.  She currently serves as Director of Marketing Research and Strategic Insights at The Hartman Group. She is also an alumna of Penn Schoen Berland, Microsoft, and Ipsos Public Affairs, where she helped clients with company imaging, product brand management, and public and global issues messaging.  She is a seasoned project manager with expertise in translating quantitative and qualitative feedback and data. Iva speaks Czech, French, and Spanish. She holds an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a BA in International Affairs from Amherst College.

Carolyn RoperThe Pele of Project Management

Carolyn specializes in strategic operational support and analysis to senior leadership, trustee engagement, and process improvement, particularly in the non-profit realm. She is Product Delivery Manager at Four Peaks Environmental Science & Data Solutions. She has also been Technical Editor at Anchor QEA and consulted for the American Councils for International Education. She has worked at the National Bureau of Asian Research, International Food Policy Research Center, and World Wildlife Fund. Carolyn holds a BA in English from the Ohio State University.

Nualchan SakchalathornConsultant

Nualchan holds a decade of experience in government relations, grants management, financial strategy, and event planning. She has been Investment Manager at the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund, Program Officer for Asia-Pacific Government Donor Relations at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior Project Director for the National Bureau of Asian Research, and Senior Project Director for the Pacific Health Summit. She is fluent in Thai and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Washington.

Susan E. WilliamsConsultant

Susan E. Williams is a digital and social media strategist and a health, science, and technology writer. She is Founder at Agency Other and led social media strategy for Arizona State University’s Center for Sustainable Health and Project HoneyBee. She has helped build online audiences for WellKit, Litesprite, and First Hand Technologies. Susan also designed marketing plans for the non-profit Little Bit. She writes for such outlets as MedCity News, MedCrunch, The Digital Health Post, and HIT Consultant Media. Susan is proficient in Japanese and holds an MA in East Asian Culture & Japanese History from New York University, as well as a BA from Columbia University.

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