United States

Promundo-US opened its doors in Washington, DC in 2011 to provide technical assistance, coordinate Promundo's projects outside of Brazil, and serve as the advocacy and international communication arm of the organization. With Promundo-US’s inception, Promundo’s global reach expanded around the world, with staff implementing projects or providing technical assistance in more than 25 countries. The Washington, DC, office also coordinates Promundo’s partnerships and projects working with men and boys in the United States. The US team is a separately registered NGO (Promundo-US), and a member of the Promundo Global Consortium.

Board of Directors

Andrew Levack

Co-Chair

Andrew Levack serves as a program officer for St. David's Foundation, a donor dedicated to improving health in Central Texas. Andrew has 23 years of progressive public health experience as an educator, trainer, researcher, manager, philanthropic advisor, and organizational leader. Before joining St. David's Foundation, Andrew served as Deputy Director for U.S. Programs at Promundo. Andrew also worked for EngenderHealth as Director of U.S. Programs, Director of the Global Men As Partners (MAP) Program, and Regional Programs Advisor for Asia. Andrew began his career by addressing teenage pregnancy prevention for the Austin Health Department. Since then, Andrew’s career has led him to live and work in over 20 countries throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Andrew holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Washington and holds a clinical faculty appointment with the University of Washington’s Global Health Department.

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Elaine Zuckerman

Co-Chair

Elaine Zuckerman is President and Founder of Gender Action, the only organization dedicated to promoting gender equality and women’s rights in all International Financial Institution (IFI) investments. She chairs the National Council of Women’s Organizations Global Task Force, and is a member of the Caring Economy Campaign Advisory Council and Promundo’s Board. Elaine worked inside the IFIs for two decades as a World Bank project economist on China and in the gender unit, and as lead advocate to end structural adjustment’s harmful impacts on poor women, men, girls, and boys. At the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) she developed the first Amazonia strategy prohibiting further investments in roads, ranching, and migration which damaged indigenous peoples and the environment and promoting social sector and renewable resource investments. She coordinated the IDB’s Social Agenda Policy Group. She holds degrees in political economy from McGill University, the University of Toronto, and Beijing University and in business administration from Georgetown University.

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David Bell

Secretary

David L. Bell is an adolescent medicine physician who has been the Medical Director of the Family Planning Program at the New York Presbyterian Hospital's Family Planning Clinic since 1999. He delivers primary care to adolescent and young adult males and is a strong advocate for the right of young men to have access to high-quality and respectful services that address the issues relevant to them, including their sexual and reproductive health. David is also part of a team from the Department of Pediatrics fostering improved care for adolescents in Uganda. He previously served on Mayor Bloomberg's Young Men's Initiative Advisory Board. He also served as a consultant for the Federal Office of Population Affairs and the Pan American Health Organization. David has an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley and a MD and BA from the University of Texas.

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Madeline Di Nonno

Madeline Di Nonno is CEO of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the only research-based non-profit working with the entertainment and media industry to improve gender diversity in children’s entertainment. Madeline leads the institute's strategic direction and brings more than 30 years' experience in media, marketing, and business development in the entertainment, non-profit, digital media, and consumer packaged goods industries. Previously, Madeline served as President and CEO of On The Scene Productions, a leader in digital media content creation and distribution. Madeline also served in executive marketing positions for Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media and Echo Bridge Home Entertainment, where she led global brand marketing, branded franchise development, acquisitions, digital media initiatives for home entertainment, and limited theatrical releases in North America, United Kingdom, and Australia. Madeline holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

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Margaret Greene

Margaret Greene has worked for nearly 20 years on the social and cultural determinants of health, development policy, and gender. She is widely known for her research and advocacy on the conditions faced by girls in poor countries and on engaging men and boys for gender equality. In addition to directing GreeneWorks, a consulting group working to promote social change for health and development, Margaret is Secretary of the Coalition for Adolescent Girls. Margaret has worked extensively to call global attention to child marriage and to highlight its linkages with education, health, and human rights. During the past 10 years, she has co-authored two volumes in the Girls Count series, and has conducted research on adolescent sexual and reproductive health for the World Bank, WHO, and USAID. Margaret received MA and PhD degrees in demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in linguistics from Yale University.

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Michael Kimmel

Michael Kimmel is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are Manhood in America, Angry White Men, The Politics of Manhood, The Gendered Society, and the bestseller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men. With funding from the MacArthur Foundation, he founded the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook in 2013. A tireless advocate of engaging men to support gender equality, Michael has lectured at more than 300 colleges, universities, and high schools. He has delivered the International Women’s Day annual lecture at the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the Council of Europe, and he has worked with the Ministers for Gender Equality of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden in developing programs for boys and men. He consults widely with corporations, NGOs, and public sector organizations on gender equity issues. Michael was recently called “the world’s most prominent male feminist” in The Guardian newspaper in London. He earned a BA from Vassar College, an MA from Brown University, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Ron LeGrand

Ron LeGrand is an attorney, licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, and CEO of the LeGrand Group, LLC, which provides consulting services with a focus on gender-based violence, legislative affairs, and criminal justice reform. Ron has co-authored a Domestic Violence Awareness Month op-ed on Ebony, appeared on Prince George’s County, Maryland cable television programming regarding domestic violence, and was one of several planners and presenters at the recent “Band of Brothers” event for engaging men in conversations on domestic violence, sexual assault and healthy masculinity. Ron’s career includes 20 years in federal service, including as a Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Special Narcotics Prosecutor, and Counsel to the House Select Committee on Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Previous experience also includes Chief Investigator and Counsel with the Senate Judiciary Committee and Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee, during which he served as lead Democratic Counsel on the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 and as lead Democratic Counsel on the House Committee on the Judiciary’s Over-criminalization Task Force. Ron has also served as Chief Diversity Officer for AARP and Nabisco Foods, and Vice President for Public Policy with the National Network to End Domestic Violence.
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Michael Reichert

Michael Reichert is an applied and research psychologist who has advocated for healthy development for many years. He currently serves as Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives, a research collaborative at the University of Pennsylvania practicing a unique model for Youth Participatory Action Research. In clinical practice outside Philadelphia, PA, he specializes in work with boys, men, and their families. He has served as supervising psychologist at an independent boys’ school in PA since 1987, been principle investigator on several global studies of boys’ education, and founded and directed a youth violence prevention program in the tri-state region around Philadelphia. He has presented and offered trainings to schools and community groups throughout the United States and many other English-speaking countries. Recent books include Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys: Lessons About What Works—and Why and I Can Learn From You: Boys as Relational Learners.

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Nimit Shah

Nimit Shah is partner at Helios Investment Partners, where he focuses on credit investments. He joined Helios in 2008, and over the last 9 years has invested in credit, growth equity, and buyout opportunities across Africa. Prior to joining Helios, Nimit was a Director within the Financial Sponsors Group at Lehman Brothers in London. His experience there spanned M&A advisory, leveraged finance, and equity capital markets. Nimit started his career as a strategy consultant at Arthur D Little. He sits on the Board of Directors of Shell & Vivo Lubricants B.V.  Born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya, he completed his high school education at Eton College in the UK. Nimit has an MA in Economics and Management from Oxford University and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Nimit, a Kenyan and British national, speaks Swahili, Gujarati and Hindi.

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Wayne Shields

Wayne Shields serves on the advisory boards of the International Consortium for Emergency Contraception and the American Society for Emergency Contraception and is a board member of Promundo. He is also immediate past chair of the Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health section of the American Public Health Association and serves on the steering committee for the Initiative for Multipurpose Prevention Technologies, a global health initiative of the Public Health Institute. Wayne has guided the development and implementation of health education initiatives, provider education programs, and policy activities at Association of Reproductive Health Professionals since 1991 and has served as president and chief executive officer since 1998. He is on the editorial boards of Contraceptive Technology Update and Clinical Proceedings in Reproductive Health and is a contributing editor to Contraception, an international reproductive health journal and the European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health. He has undergraduate degrees in women’s studies and English literature, and graduate studies in organizational management from The George Washington University.

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Yahir Zavaleta Rocha

Yahir is a Mexican activist who has been involved in the HIV and gender equality field since 2008. A graduate in business management, he is the Executive Director of the HIV Young Leaders Fund, a Netherlands-based organization for which he has been working since 2014 to bridge the gaps in youth and HIV responses and particularly in supporting Young Key Populations. From 2011 to 2013, he was the HIV Program Director at Espolea, a youth-for-youth organization based in Mexico, where he fostered advocacy efforts at the national and regional levels. Working with a group of young Mexican people, Yahir took part in the consolidation of the Mexican Network of Young People Living with HIV in 2012, while participating in building the Latin American and Caribbean Network of young people living with HIV as well. He also worked as a consultant for the Public Health Federal Institute in a project focused on MSM health services, and he assisted the Cultural Project within Mexico’s City Human Rights Commission. Yahir has served as Board member of Promundo-US since 2014 and has been involved with a variety of gender equality initiatives.

 

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Gary Barker

ex officio

Gary Barker is President and CEO of Promundo. He has conducted extensive global research and program development around engaging men and boys in gender equality and violence prevention, and is a leading voice for the worldwide effort to establish positive, healthy dynamics between men and women. Gary is the co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign to promote men’s involvement as equitable, non-violent caregivers, and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 600 NGOs and UN agencies working toward gender equality. He coordinates IMAGES (the International Men and Gender Equality Survey), a pioneering multi-country survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality, among other themes. He is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Men’s Leaders Network and has been honored with an Ashoka Fellowship, a fellowship from the Open Society Institute, and the Vital Voices Solidarity Award. Gary earned a PhD in child and adolescent development from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University.

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Tatiana Moura

ex officio

Tatiana Moura has been the Executive Director of Promundo since 2011, and a researcher at the Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal, since 2000. In the last decade, she has coordinated projects on gender and armed violence, particularly in Latin America. She published the books "Between Athens and Sparta: Women, Peace and Armed Conflict" ("Entre Atenas e Esparta: Mulheres, Paz e Conflitos Armados") in 2005, "Invisible Faces of Armed Violence: A Case Study on Rio de Janeiro" ("Rostos Invisíveis da Violência Armada: Um Estudo de Caso sobre o Rio de Janeiro”) in 2007, "Act of Resistance: Reports from relatives of victims of armed violence" ("Auto de Resistência: Relatos de familiares de vítimas da violência armada") in 2009, and "Newest Wars: Spaces, Identities and Spirals of Armed Violence" ("Novíssimas Guerras: Espaços, Identidades e Espirais da Violência Armada") in 2010. She has a degree in International Relations, a Master's degree in Sociology from the School of Economics at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and a Doctorate in Peace, Conflict and Democracy from the Universitat Jaume I, Spain.

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Giovanna Lauro

ex officio

Giovanna Lauro is the Vice President of Programs and Research at Promundo. She has worked for more than a decade on the promotion of adolescents’ sexual and reproductive health and rights through gender-transformative approaches. Her areas of focus include research and programs targeting the prevention of harmful traditional practices and the engagement of men and boys in the prevention of gender-based violence. Prior to joining Promundo, Giovanna worked at the United Nations Foundation as Associate Director of the Women and Population Programme. She also worked on issues of diversity, race, and ethnicity at the London School of Economics, and researched harmful traditional practices among minority communities in several European countries at the University of Oxford, where she attained her PhD in Political Science. Her previous degrees include a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a focus on Public Health, and a BA from the University of Bologna.

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Tim Shand

ex officio

Tim Shand is the Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships at Promundo. He has over a decade of experience providing leadership on programming, research, and advocacy to advance gender equality and gender justice, particularly in the area of engaging men in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Prior to Promundo, Tim worked at Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health as the Deputy and Technical Director of a large USAID-funded project focusing on social norm change to promote adolescent well-being. Tim has previously served as Director of International Programs for the South African NGO, Sonke Gender Justice, and has also worked with the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the World Health Organization. He has published and spoken widely on issues of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Tim holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is currently completing his PhD at University College London’s Institute for Global Health.

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Richard Boriskin

Treasurer, ex officio

Richard Boriskin is the Vice President of Finance and Operations at Promundo. He is responsible for all financial and operating activities, including grant and contract proposals; tracking and reporting; all accounting activities; auditing; supporting office infrastructure growth and maintenance; and human resources. He has three decades of experience in non-profit publishing, financial consulting, business planning, and law. Richard spent eight years managing sales teams in the mortgage industry. He was president of a “green” dry-cleaning franchise business with 10 stores in New England and prior to that, he practiced law for 19 years and was the business and financial consultant for a multinational plastics company. Most recently, Richard was the Publishing Director of The American Prospect Magazine. He studied at The George Washington University and Suffolk University Law School.

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