1969 • United States (U.S)
Director, Global Women's Leadership Initiative
2015 - Present (6 years, 2 months)
Directing the Global Women's Leadership Initiative, and The Women in Public Service Project to ensure that women hold 50% of all public service leadership positions across the globe.
2011 - 2015 (4 years, 3 months)
Direct community health, microfinance, and agriculture programs for Senegal, West Africa, and supervisory manager of a regional program in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. Current responsibilities in Senegal include managing 3 million USD annually, a staff of 59 and seven suboffices.
• Established local board to further private sector partnerships and expand fundraising to about 20 million USD.
• Designed and implemented a mHealth system in 14 districts in Senegal.
• Served as President over the Organization of International NGOs in Senegal.
• Raised 3 million USD for maternal health, nutrition and food security programs.
Gwen K Young Consultancy
Legal, Policy and Advocacy Consultant
2010 - 2011 (1 year, 3 months)
Designed fundraising strategy and strategic framework for the start-up of a university–based center for global health. Authored a white paper on the role of women in agriculture with gender mainstreaming guidelines to USAID Feed the Future Projects.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Policy and Advocacy Officer, Global Development
2007 - 2010 (2 years, 11 months)
Developed advocacy strategies, including managing outreach, communications and external relations processes, for the Agricultural Development initiatives including its main grantee: The Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), and its Chairman (Former UN SG Kofi A. Annan).
• Planned the launch of the 400 million USD Alliance and its board at the World Economic Forum, Cape Town.
• Planned and oversaw the creation of the executive office complex in Geneva, Switzerland for the AGRA Board Chairman, former U N SG Kofi A. Annan
• Developed communications and advocacy strategy to respond to the global food security crisis, which became the platform on which several multilateral partnerships and boards were created to increase investment in agricultural development; such as the World Economic Forum’s New Vision for Agriculture.
• Developed BMGF policy regarding governance of multilateral, regional and national mechanisms to finance and deliver services to small-scale farmers.
• Developed and delivered 2.5 million USD in grants, which ensured smallholder farmers would have a voice in national policies regarding agricultural development; Managed the grant process by which regulation of biotechnology at the national and regional level in Africa insured that benefits would accrue to smallholder farmers.
Medecins sans Frontieres
Humanitarian Affairs Advisor
2005 - 2007 (2 years, 5 months)
Maintained overall responsibility for analyzing procedures that insured the protection of front line volunteer staff, and developed strategies to guide advocacy for an eight-country portfolio, including West Africa, Chad, Darfur, Sudan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.
• Wrote and published report on the link between regions in conflict and sexually transmitted infections.
• Developed a sexual and gender based strategy response to violence and guidelines and training manual that addressed exploitation for MSF OCA sections.
Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice
Pro Bono Human Rights Lecturer
2003 - 2005 (1 year, 6 months)
Designed and implemented training in international human rights issues.
Luce Forward Hamilton & Scripps
2003 - 2005 (2 years, 1 month)
Worked in Business Litigation and Real Estate and Environmental Litigation departments. Provided legal analysis for defendant indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).