Press Release

WGH Seattle Introduces Inaugural Advisors

Women in Global Health Seattle (WGH Seattle) announces the members of its newly formed Advisory Panel. These eleven leaders were selected for their commitment to and experience in advancing gender equity in global health leadership, their involvement with the WGH Seattle movement to date, and their diverse perspectives and career experiences.

WGH Seattle is an organized movement of more than 600 professional women working in global health in the Pacific Northwest. Started six months ago by a handful of dedicated volunteers, WGH Seattle is advancing gender equity in global health leadership by challenging the status quo, creating space to build personal and professional networks, and inspiring women to create new pathways and support for women to achieve their full potential.

According to the World Health Organization, women make up 70% of the health workforce but hold only 25% of senior roles. “Talented women are doing critical work in global health but the gender balance just isn’t there when you look at the senior leadership roles.” said Dena Morris, President of Washington Global Health Alliance which manages WGH Seattle. “These advisors reflect the diversity of Seattle’s vibrant global health community. I’m excited to partner with this group of talented women to advance gender equity in global health leadership.”

WGH Seattle welcomes the following Advisors to its inaugural Advisory Panel:

Julie Bernstein, Deputy Director, Global Policy & Advocacy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Julie is passionate about social justice, women’s rights and health equity. She is an experienced advocacy and communications expert and has spent her career working to advance the health and rights of women and children in low-income countries.



Amie Bishop, Independent Consultant, Global Health and Human Rights

Amie is a respected global health leader and human rights advocate. She has focused her career on the intersection of health and human rights for marginalized populations, particularly LGBTQ people globally.



Lisa Cohen, Senior Advisor, Uncommon

Founder and former WGHA leader, Lisa now recruits skilled talent for global health organizations. Her passion is connecting strong teams and building impactful networks. She has been involved with WGH Seattle since day one.



Pamela Collins, Director, Global Mental Health; Professor-Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Global Health, University of Washington

Pamela is an experienced leader in the public and academic sectors who brings her commitment to women’s career development to WGH Seattle. Her research and policy work has focused on HIV prevention, care, and treatment and the mental health needs of women and young people.


Anjali Desai, Senior Program Officer, Panorama Global 

Anjali is an international and multi-cultural global health professional who believes that community-led processes lead to successful partnerships and more sustainable approaches. She has wide-ranging local and global experience in strategy development, stakeholder engagement, and advocacy.



Noni Gachuhi, Women and Child Health Lead, Intellectual Ventures, Global Good Fund

Noni is a public health professional from Kenya with vast international development experience from living and working in Africa and Asia. Her work has focused on access to reproductive health, HIV prevention and technology for primary health.



Ahoua Koné, Director of Côte d’Ivoire Programs at Health Alliance International

Ahoua is a lawyer, activist, educator, a public health professional, and a mother. A native of Côte d’Ivoire, she has extensive legal and health research experience in Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, and China.



Deborah Lester, Associate Chief Nursing Officer/Senior Director, Seattle Children’s

Debbie has worked and lived globally for over 30 years specializing in maternal, infant and child health in global/public health and facility settings. Debbie is passionate about working with diverse and underserved populations, strengthening health systems, building programs, international development and supporting our leaders of tomorrow.


Bindiya Patel, Senior Director of Planning and Design, Global Health Programs, PATH

Bindiya has extensive experience managing projects in the global health sector, with a special focus on organizational development, strategy and collaboration. She has been engaged in the WGH Seattle movement since the beginning and also serves on the WGHA Board.


Chelsea Schiller, Management Consultant, Point B

Chelsea is an innovation strategist whose passion is at the intersection of health and technology. She designs and introduces digital technology solutions for health in the U.S. and abroad.



Mariam Zameer, Manager Health Systems and Program Lead for Pakistan, VillageReach 

Mariam is a champion and advocate for women of color and migrant women, who believes that diversity and inclusion must be at the forefront of programs communications and strategy. She has wide-ranging international development and global health experience in Pakistan, Ghana, Nigeria, Mozambique, Angola, and Sierra Leone.


About the Advisory Panel and the Movement

The WGH Seattle Advisors were selected by the Interim Advisory Committee. The Advisory Panel will tap into the diversity, experience, and energy of the broader global health community to provide the WGH Seattle movement with tools to advance its vision.

WGH Seattle’s next gathering will take place on Thursday, September 5. To learn more about the WGH Seattle movement and subscribe to the mailing list for future events, visit https://www.wghalliance.org/initiative/women-in-global-health-seattle/.

About the Washington Global Health Alliance

WGHA is a membership organization of more than 75 global health organizations working to achieve health equity. WGHA connects and informs Washington’s global health community, creating a culture of collaboration at home so our members can have more impact in the world. Learn more at www.wghalliance.org.

Contact: Tiffany Cain, Washington Global Health Alliance, 206.456.9612; tcain@wghalliance.org.

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