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Washington’s Global Health Community

As we all adjust to the new reality of the COVID-19 public health emergency, WGHA is also exploring new ways of doing business. We have rescheduled March and April events for late May and early June and are exploring optimal platforms for hosting virtual events. We are grateful for your patience as we learn new ways of convening and communicating with each other.

WGHA has news to share.

After three years leading Washington state’s global health community, Dena Morris will step down as president of WGHA effective April 30. Dena’s tenure has been marked by many accomplishments, and you can read her statement here. We are sad to see Dena go, but excited to welcome a new leader to WGHA in the coming months.

WGHA is immediately moving forward with the search for our next president. Our governance board, led by Gabrielle Fitzgerald, is working with the Valtas Group to conduct a comprehensive search.


We need the help of all WGHA members and supporters to find the best candidates possible. The position description for president is posted here—please spread it far and wide in your networks.

During this important time of transition, we are pleased to welcome back Tina Vlasaty, former WGHA vice president, who will provide interim leadership for the organization beginning May 1.

We look forward to sharing more information on WGHA leadership in the coming months.

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