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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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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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.

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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.

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Gary Barker

ex officio

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 founder of Promundo, which has worked for 20 years in more than 40 countries. Beginning in low-income areas of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Promundo’s approaches have been incorporated into ministries of health and education around the world. Promundo is a Global Consortium with members in Brazil, the US, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Portugal. Gary is co-founder of MenCare, a global campaign working in 45 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 and 2017 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.

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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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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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