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. 

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 Senior Director at life science VC UPMC Enterprises. Previously, he served as 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. Rob 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 a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Dawn BassEditorial Assassin & Director of Devil’s Advocacy

Dawn is a seasoned content and copy editor with 20 years of experience conceptualizing and delivering thoughtful, high-impact content and brand strategies. Currently, she serves as Associate Editor at the Seattle Review of Books. She 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 earned an MA in English from the University of Minnesota.

Jacqueline M. KochStory-Driven Communicator & PR Maven

Jacqueline specializes in in international press relations and story-driven communications. She is Co-Founder and Partner at Boost!Collective and has 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 Merlin UK, among others. She is fluent in French and holds a BSJ and an MA in Visual Communications from Ohio University.

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 recently worked with the International Vaccine Access Center and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Previously, she was Manager at Global Health Strategies in New Delhi. She was previously 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 an undergraduate degree in international relations and 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 RoperLogistics Guru

Carolyn is a seasoned project manager with over 15 years of operational and logistical experience across all sectors. Her specialties include strategic operational support and analysis to senior leadership, trustee engagement, and process improvement, particularly in the non-profit realm. She is Technical Editor for Anchor QEA and was previously a consultant for the American Councils for International Education. She has also worked at the National Bureau of Asian Research, the International Food Policy Research Center, and the 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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