United States

Promundo-US opened its doors in Washington, DC in 2011 to lead international and US work for engaging boys and men as allies in gender equality, building on the work of and in partnership with Instituto Promundo in Brazil. With Promundo-US’s inception, Promundo-US’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-US’s partnerships and projects working with men and boys in the United States. Promundo-US is a separately registered NGO and does not represent nor speak on behalf of Instituto Promundo in Brazil.

Board of Directors

Brian Smith

Ex Officio Board Member

Brian Smith is the Vice President of Finance and Operations at Promundo.

He previously worked as the Vice President of Operations at CHANGE (Center for Health and Gender Equity) in Washington D.C. Brian held leadership roles at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., where he was instrumental in its growth from a small garage theatre to the national epicenter of challenging new plays. Before joining CHANGE, Brian served as Chief Administrative Officer for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (UUCA). Brian holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from George Mason University and is pursuing his MBA at the University of Maryland Global Campus.


Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian is the creator of the award-winning Tropes vs Women in Video Games, a critically acclaimed video series exploring the history of women’s representation in gaming that has garnered nearly 14 million views on YouTube alone. Her work as a media critic, public speaker, and producer who thrives at the intersection of digital culture, accessibility, and social justice helped create a new lexicon and sparked a paradigm-shifting conversation about improving the representations of marginalized people in video games. She has been featured in The New Yorker, on Good Morning America, and The Colbert Report as well as being named one of TIME 100's Most Influential People.

Her most recent initiative is the Games and Online Harassment Hotline; a text message based, confidential emotional support hotline for people who make and play games.


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.

Andrew Levack

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.


Angela Guy

Angela Guy is the Senior Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion for L’Oréal USA, the largest subsidiary of the L’Oréal Group, the world’s leading beauty company. Angela is responsible for shaping the diversity efforts for L’Oréal USA as a business imperative that highlights the value of all forms of beauty while respecting and reflecting the differences of our rapidly changing marketplace. She is a member of the L’Oréal USA Strategic, Executive, Executive Talent and Benefits Committees and collaborates to align L’Oréal’s global diversity efforts. Angela is Board Co-Chair of the American Conference on Diversity; Advisory Board member of the Coalition of 100 Black Women, NYC; Steering Committee member of Employers for Pay Equity, member of Executive Leadership Council, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., NAACP, Pennsylvania State University Alumni, and Women’s Leadership Board-Women in Public Policy Program, Harvard Kennedy School. Angela has been recognized as: one of the 2017 Ebony Magazine Power 100, Diversity Global Magazine’s “Top 10 Champions of Global Diversity;” Savoy Magazine’s “100 Most Influential Blacks in Corporate America” and “Top Influential Women in Corporate America”; and one of the Black Enterprise “75 Most Powerful Women in Business.” Angela has a B.A. in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University, and attended Management Programs at UCLA, Northwestern University, Center for Creative Leadership and Harvard Kennedy School.


Héctor Sánchez-Flores

Héctor Sánchez-Flores is Executive Director of National Compadres Network (NCN), an organization that utilizes La Cultura Cura: Transformational Healing to support culturally-centered programs in the spaces of Boys and Men of Color, Latino-indigenous youth, racial equity, family-parental strengthening, and youth leadership development for girls and boys. NCN has curated partnerships with organizations and funders working to develop healing-centered supports that build on the ancestral wisdom and resilience that our children, families, and communities possess. NCN supports the development of healing within communities affected by trauma and racism in order to build an interconnected voice and strategy to create culturally-rooted solutions to stimulate and sustain transformational and equitable change.

Prior to working with NCN, Héctor served as a Senior Research Associate for 12 years with the Phil Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco. Prior to joining UCSF, he oversaw the development of innovative prevention programs that engaged diverse segments of the community and stakeholders in Santa Barbara County.

Héctor resides in San José, California with his wife, Lucy Ramos-Sánchez and their two children, Diego & Sophia. Héctor is first generation Mexican-American and is bilingual-literate in Spanish.


Imrana Jalal

Imrana Jalal is the World Bank Inspection Panel’s Chair, one of 3 members. A New Zealand educated lawyer, and an Australian educated gender specialist and development practitioner, Jalal joined the IPN in 2018. Jalal is a Fiji national. Immediately prior to becoming a Panel Member, Jalal was a principal social development and gender specialist for the Asian Development Bank, Manila, where she gained an intimate knowledge of multilateral development bank operations in various sectors. Jalal was a commissioner from 1999-2001 on the initial Fiji Human Rights Commission, the first of its kind in the Pacific Island countries. She is a jurist commissioner on the Geneva based International Commission of Jurists and served on the Commission’s Executive Board from 2011 to 2017. Jalal was the Chief Technical Human Rights Adviser at the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team Office from 1995-2010. She is the author of the “Law for Pacific Women: A Legal Rights Handbook,” architect of the Fiji Family Law Act 2003, and a founding member of the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. Jalal is also a founding member of the global Muslim feminist organization, Women Living Under Muslim Law. Jalal earned a Master of Arts (Gender and Development) from the University of Sydney, Auckland, an LLB, and an LLM (Hons.) in International Law from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.


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.


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.


Joseph Nelson

Joseph Derrick Nelson, PhD is Assistant Professor of Educational Studies at Swarthmore College and affiliated faculty with the Black Studies Program. He is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Center for the Study of Boys’ and Girls’ Lives at the University of Pennsylvania. Trained as a sociologist of education, his research examines race, boyhood, and education with learning environments that serve Black students from neighborhoods with concentrated poverty. His forthcoming book is entitled, (Re)Imagining Black Boyhood: Portraits of Middle School Success (Harvard Education Press), and he recently co-edited the Routledge Handbook on Boyhood in the United States, with over thirty contributors. In public media, his research has been featured in the Washington Post, The Atlantic, and National Public Radio. In the United States and abroad, he has presented his research at The White House Summit for Children’s Media and Toys, the Ideas Festival of the Aspen Institute, and the International Boys’ School Coalition. Last year (2020), he was named a Co-Editor of the historic journal, Men and Masculinities. In the high-poverty neighborhood where he grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he taught first-grade in a single-sex class of Black boys.


Judy Chu

Judy Y. Chu, Ed.D. is a Lecturer in Human Biology and Affiliate of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University, where she teaches a course on Boys’ Psychosocial Development. Judy received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she studied boys’ relationships and development in early childhood and adolescence with Carol Gilligan. Judy's research highlights boys’ relational strengths and how their gender socialization can impact their connections to themselves and to others. She is the author of When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships, and Masculinity (NYU Press, 2014) and co-editor (with Niobe Way) of Adolescent Boys: Exploring Diverse Cultures of Boyhood (NYU Press, 2004). Judy also developed curricula for The Representation Project’s film, The Mask You Live In, and currently serves as Chair of Movember Foundation's Global Men’s Health Advisory Committee


Francisca Infante

Francisca Infante E. has spent her career implementing and evaluating policies
and programs addressing human development, equity, and social justice at the
international, national, and community level. She has also worked developing
curriculum and training on community engagement and social change for
university programs on health and social science. She is now the Board Vice-
President at the Global Implementation Society (GIS) where she is committed to
build evidence as well as define key elements for replicability while respecting
context-specific culture. Francisca had the opportunity to work with Promundo in
the late 90's while employed at the Adolescent Health and Development
Program at the Panamerican Health Organization/World Health Organization in
Washington DC. Later she moved back to her country to work in the Ministry of
Health as a technical advisor on human development and social equity, leading
country-wide civic participation and intersectoral alliances for addressing social
determinants of health. For the past six years, she was Dean of Social Science at
Universidad de las Américas in Chile. Francisca is a Social Psychologist from
Universidad Diego Portales in Chile, with a master’s degree in education from
Harvard University, and is now in the last stage for her Ph.D. writing her
dissertation on higher education and citizenship development at Leiden


Wade Davis

Former NFL Player Wade Davis is an educator and advisor on gender, race, and orientation equality, and currently the VP of Inclusion for Product at Netflix. Wade was the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant, where he worked at the intersection of sexism, racism, and homophobia. Prior to joining Netflix, Wade consulted for companies including Google, P&G, and Viacom.

Wade is a board member of MeToo International and the Ms. Foundation for Women, as well as a United Nations Women Global Impact Champion.  He’s a former national surrogate for President Obama and has been an Adjunct Professor at both NYU and Rutgers.
Wade Davis graduated from Weber State University and also received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Northeastern University for his leadership and ongoing efforts to eradicate homophobia and sexism in athletics.


Laura Bates

Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project, an ever-increasing collection of over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality, with branches in 25 countries worldwide. She is the author of Everyday Sexism, the Sunday Times bestseller Girl UpMisogynationThe Burning, and Men Who Hate Women. Laura writes regularly for the Guardian and the New York Times amongst others and won a British Press Award in 2015.

She works closely with politicians, businesses, schools, universities, police forces, and organizations from the Council of Europe to the United Nations to tackle gender inequality. She was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to gender equality in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2015 and has been named woman of the year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine and The Sunday Times Magazine. Laura is a contributor at Women Under Siege, a New York-based project tackling rape in conflict worldwide and she is patron of SARSAS (Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support). She is the recipient of two honorary degrees and was awarded the Internet and Society Award by the Oxford Internet Institute alongside Sir Tim Berners Lee. Laura is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vice President of the Hay Festival.


Gary Barker

Gary Barker, PhD, is a leading global voice in engaging men and boys in advancing gender equality and positive masculinities. He is the CEO and co-founder of Promundo-US, which has worked more than 10 years in nearly 40 countries.  He is also co-founder of Instituto Promundo in Brazil, which began work on healthy masculinities and male allyship more than 20 years ago. Gary is co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign working in more than 50 countries to promote men’s involvement as caregivers, and co-founder of MenEngage, a global alliance of more than 700 NGOs. He co-created and leads the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), the largest-ever survey of men’s attitudes and behaviors related to violence, fatherhood, and gender equality. He is a co-author of the 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2021 State of the World's Fathers reports. He has advised the UN, the World Bank, numerous national governments, and key international foundations and corporations on strategies to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality. In 2017 he was named by Apolitical as one of the 20 most influential people in gender policy around the world. He is an Ashoka Fellow and received the Voices of Solidarity Award from Vital Voices for his work to engage men for gender equality. He holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and a Research Affiliate position at the Center for Social Sciences, University of Coimbra, Portugal.


Giovanna Lauro

ex officio

Giovanna Lauro is the Vice President of Programs & Research at Promundo. She has worked for over fifteen years on the promotion of sexual reproductive health and rights and the prevention of gender-based violence through gender-transformative approaches - including a focus on transforming masculinities by engaging men and boys in partnership with women, girls and individuals of all gender identities. 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 at the University of Oxford, where she attained her doctorate 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.