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Director, Global Women's Leadership Initiative and Women in Public Service Project

Global Professional with over 25 years’ experience in international development, humanitarian relief and managing investment driven impact. My skills include strategic planning, advocacy and legal affairs which are combined and exceptional partnership building and management savvy. I have managed annual budgets of over $3 million; spearheaded global expansion of NGOs into new countries, and developed policies and procedures to ensure that interventions are making a direct impact. Further, I have developed innovative short and long term strategies, created new platforms for investment and impact, and counseled high profile leadership and donors on policy and international development interventions

I have worked for nonprofits, foundations, the private sector and internationally recognized universities as a manager, advocate, business development leader and strategic planner to deliver impact in international development, humanitarian service delivery and humanitarian, human rights, international criminal and corporate law.

An alumna of Smith College, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the UC Davis School of Law, I am also a member of various international legal organizations and bars and sit on boards focusing on ensuring equal opportunities for all.
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I am an expert in partnership building, management and strategy.

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.

Country Director

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).