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.

Leadership

Gary Barker

President and CEO

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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Giovanna Lauro

Vice President of Programs and Research

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 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

Vice President of Finance and Operations

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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Tim Shand

Vice President of Advocacy and Partnerships

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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Programs and Research

Jane Kato-Wallace

Director of Programs

Jane Kato-Wallace is the Director of Programs at Promundo. Her experience centers on program development, training, and research related to engaging men and boys. She played a large role in the development and expansion of the global MenCare Campaign, and currently trains international partners on implementing Program P, a gender-transformative, multi-pronged approach to engaging men as caregivers. Jane has co-authored several publications and reports for academic journals, the UN, and NGOs on emerging topics related to men, boys, and gender equality. Jane’s previous work experience includes conducting public health research with Columbia University and EngenderHealth on the U.S.-based Gender Matters program, and supporting a USAID health policy project in the Latin American region. Jane has a Master’s degree in Public Health from Columbia University. She speaks Spanish and beginner-level Mandarin.

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Ruti Levtov

Senior Research and Program Officer

Ruti Levtov is a Senior Research and Program Officer at Promundo. She co-coordinates the MenCare Global Fatherhood Campaign and plays a key role in Promundo's research initiatives, including the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES). Ruti previously worked with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Maternal and Child Health Policy Research Center, and was a research fellow at the Tata Institute for Social Sciences in Mumbai. She received her MA in international comparative education at Stanford University, and her PhD in public health from the University of Michigan, where her research focused primarily on gender, violence, and schooling.

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Kate Doyle

Senior Program Officer
Kate Doyle is a Senior Program Officer at Promundo, where her experience centers on program development, training, and research related to engaging men and boys. She currently coordinates several programs and research projects on preventing intimate partner violence, engaging men as allies in women’s economic empowerment, and men’s caregiving and participation in reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health. Kate is currently based in Brussels, but previously worked as a Program Officer in Promundo's US office and as a Rwanda Project Coordinator in Kigali. Prior to joining Promundo, she worked with UNAIDS and other NGOs in Rwanda to research and develop programming related to gender equality, HIV, and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This work included the development of national policies related to gender equality and HIV, and advocacy on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of youth and key populations. Kate has a Master's degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Edinburgh.
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Brian P. Heilman

Senior Research Officer
Brian Heilman is a Senior Research Officer at Promundo, where his work focuses on eliminating harmful masculine norms, preventing all forms of gender-based violence, and achieving broader gender equality and social justice in the United States and around the world. Brian is a co-author of the 2017 State of the World’s Fathers and 2016 State of America's Fathers reports, the lead author of The Man Box study on harmful effects of rigid masculine norms in the U.S., U.K., and Mexico, and a co-author of multiple reports using International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) data. Brian has extensive program and research experience in South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East, and is deeply engaged as a sexual violence prevention educator in Minnesota. He holds a BA in English from Saint John’s University and an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
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Natko Gereš

Program Officer

Natko Gereš is a Program Officer at Promundo, where he focuses both on research related to men and gender equality and on men's engagement in post-conflict and high-violence settings. He coordinates projects related to violence prevention, including the Young Men's Clubs Against Violence in Kinshasa, as well as the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in the Middle East, North Africa, and Afghanistan. He also manages the Peacebuilding Initiative with USIP in Afghanistan. Previously, Natko served for seven years as director of the Status M Centre, a Zagreb-based NGO working with young men on the promotion of nonviolence, health, and gender equality and on creating a more equitable Croatian society through deconstruction of rigid norms related to masculinity. At the Status M Centre, he coordinated the Program H-based program "Young Men Initiative" for the prevention of gender-based violence and the "Be a Man – Change the Rules" campaign, working with young men aged 14 to 18 in cooperation with Care International in the former Yugoslavia/Southeast Central Europe region. Natko started his active civic engagement through the Croatian Medical Students' International Committee (CroMSIC) and the Croatian Association for HIV, where he worked for years in the field of reproductive health and AIDS. He also worked for almost two years at the City of Zagreb's Institute for Emergency Medicine. Natko is a licensed medical doctor, and he is currently finalizing his MPH and PhD in the field of masculinity and men's health at the Andrija Stampar School of Public Health, University of Zagreb School of Medicine.

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Shamsi Kazimbaya

Program Officer, Great Lakes Africa

Shamsi Kazimbaya is a Program Officer at Promundo. She coordinates technical assistance to the Young Men's Clubs Against Violence project in Kinshasa, DRC with the Living Peace Institute (LPI) and leads Promundo-US’s technical assistance to projects in East and Central Africa. Shamsi has more than 10 years of extensive experience in coordinating the implementation of policies and programs focusing on the promotion of gender equality, women’s rights, and gender integration in reproductive, maternal, and child health. Previously, Shamsi worked with the Society for Women and Aids in Africa (SWAA Rwanda) as the Executive Secretary for the Rwandan Chapter coordinating projects providing care and support to people affected by HIV and AIDS; with the Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC) where she coordinated MenCare+ for three years, engaging men as equitable, nonviolent partners and caregivers in maternal, newborn, and child health and in sexual and reproductive health; and lastly with JHPIEGO – an affiliate of John Hopkins University – in the position of Gender Advisor for the Maternal and Child Survivor Program. Shamsi has a Master’s Degree in Gender and Development.

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Aapta Garg

Program Officer

Aapta Garg is a Program Officer with Promundo. She focuses primarily on Promundo’s US programs. She previously worked at Vital Voices Global Partnership as Program Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, coordinating the implementation of trainings, programs, and emergency assistance grants related to gender-based violence and human trafficking. Prior to her time at Vital Voices, she worked for four years as a Community Liaison and Legal Assistant at MFY Legal Services where she oversaw projects related to community development and advocacy on behalf of low-income New Yorkers. Aapta received her Master’s Degree in International Development with a focus on Gender and Development from American University’s School of International Service. She also has a BA in Political Science and Hispanic Studies from Vassar College.

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Kristina Vlahovicova

Research Associate
Kristina is a Research Associate at Promundo. She supports research initiatives across the organization. Kristina previously worked for an RCT testing the effectiveness of parenting interventions on early childhood development at NYU School of Medicine. She has also collaborated with the Parenting Project group of the WHO-led Violence Prevention Alliance in completing a series of systematic reviews of parenting programs to prevent and reduce child maltreatment. Kristina received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Macalester College, and her MSc in Evidence-based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford.
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Abby Fried

Program Assistant

Abby Fried is a Program Assistant with Promundo. She supports Promundo's programmatic staff with technical assistance, including research, programming, and grant proposals. She previously worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama, where she trained local teachers in foreign language teaching methodologies, developed English curriculum, and led community-wide recycling and business initiatives. Abby has a MA in gender and international conflict resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a BA in English and history from Boston College.

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Ellen Stiefvater

Research Consultant

Ellen Stiefvater is a research consultant with Promundo. She is contributing to research and writing related to the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), as well as various other research projects related to sexual and reproductive health. Ellen previously managed HIV/AIDS policy training programs in China for Harvard University and conducted health system and HIV/AIDS research projects in South Africa. She is currently completing her doctoral dissertation on the global response to HIV/AIDS and its impact on national health systems. Ellen has a BA in international relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, and an MPhil in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

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Communications

Alexa Hassink

Senior Communications and Advocacy Officer

Alexa Hassink is a Senior Communications and Advocacy Officer with Promundo. She leads Promundo’s communications team and several key advocacy initiatives, amplifying research and programming on masculinities and gender justice to inspire action and drive impact in personal opinion, community norms, and public policy. Alexa has worked to shape and elevate Promundo's global campaigns, digital engagement, media relationships, and institutional partnerships over her five years with the organization. Prior to joining Promundo, Alexa previously worked with Peace Corps in Morocco as a rural health educator, focusing on maternal and child health as well as on education and community development. Alexa has a BA in communications and psychology from the University of Delaware.

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Nina Ford

Senior Communications Associate

Nina Ford is a Senior Communications Associate with Promundo. She supports communications for both Promundo and the global MenCare Campaign, including print and online content production and digital engagement, and manages Promundo's website and social media. Nina previously taught English for two years at an elementary school in Madrid. She has also worked in the Latin America Program of the Bank Information Center and as an editorial fellow with Green America in Washington, DC. Nina has a BA in Spanish and in international relations, with a concentration in global health, nutrition, and the environment, from Tufts University.

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Annaick Miller

Communications Assistant

Annaick Miller is a Communications Assistant at Promundo. She supports the communications team in developing print publications and online content for both Promundo and the global MenCare Campaign. She assists with digital and media engagement, website production, and social media strategy. Annaick previously worked at Political Research Associates, a social justice think tank, where she focused on communications and researched the intersection of reproductive justice and drug criminalization. She also worked with the Somerville Homeless Coalition and at Melwood Global, a strategic communications firm. Annaick received her BA in Political Science and Media and Communications from Tufts University and spent six months studying at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

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Belén Bonilla

Communications and Media Intern

Belén Bonilla is the Communications and Media Intern at Promundo. She supports the communications team with content development, social media outreach, the application of online visibility strategies, and by collecting resources on gender equality, violence prevention education, and more. Previously, she worked as an Editorial Intern for Education Week, assisting with the online and print production of U.S. K-12 education policy essays. Belén has facilitated social and environmental justice work in her past roles as a dialogue facilitator for the AU Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and as an Ambassador Intern for the City of San Antonio in her hometown. She is currently a Junior at American University, pursuing a BA in International Relations with a focus in Identity, Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies and a minor in Communications.

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Michelle Gaspari

Communications Consultant

Michelle Gaspari is a Communications Consultant with Promundo. She supports the communications team for Promundo and the MenCare Campaign through print and online content production, and assists with website and social media operations. Michelle also currently volunteers as president and founder of a reproductive justice advocacy group at George Mason University. She has previously conducted multiple undergraduate research projects on gender and social disparities. Michelle graduated from George Mason in May 2017 with a BA in Sociology, and concentrations in Inequality Studies, English, and Women and Gender Studies.

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Finance and Administration

Victor H. Santillan, Jr.

Finance and Operations Manager

Victor H. Santillan, Jr. is the Finance and Operations Manager at Promundo where he manages all daily accounting activities including grant tracking and financial reporting. Before joining Promundo, Victor served eight years as Deputy Chief Financial Officer for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a leading organization in the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. Victor is the Board Treasurer of NovaSalud, a public health organization providing culturally competent and language-appropriate HIV/AIDS services and sexual health education to the diverse Northern Virginia community. Victor has a BA in Accountancy from the George Washington University.

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May-Mei Lee

Office Manager

May-Mei Lee is Promundo's Office Manager. She previously worked in administrative capacities for the fitness brand Doonya, the law firm Weitz & Luxenberg, and within the arts and entertainment industries. May-Mei holds a BA in Dramatic Literature with minors in Creative Writing and Fine Arts from George Washington University.

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Fellows

Michael Kaufman

Senior Fellow

Michael Kaufman is a Senior Fellow at Promundo. He is an educator and writer focused on engaging men and boys to promote gender equality and end violence against women. He is the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, the international effort engaging men to end violence against women. Michael is the author or editor of seven books on gender issues, on democracy and development, as well as two novels. His articles have been translated into 15 languages. During the past three decades, he has worked in 45 countries, including extensively with the United Nations, numerous governments, NGOs, and universities. Michael previously taught at York University in Toronto, where he was Deputy Director of the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Shereen El Feki

Senior Fellow

Shereen El Feki is a Senior Fellow at Promundo and Co-Principal Investigator of the International Men and Gender Equality Survey – Middle East and North Africa, a ground-breaking study of men, masculinities and gender roles in Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco and the Palestinian Territories. She is the author of the award-winning Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World (Penguin Random House, 2013), a study of the intersection of sexuality, politics, religion and economics across the Middle East and North Africa. Shereen is also a Professor of Global Practice at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, as well as an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and a TED Global Fellow. Shereen has a PhD from the University of Cambridge and a BSc from the University of Toronto.

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Nikki van der Gaag

Senior Fellow

Nikki van der Gaag is a Senior Fellow at Promundo. She is an independent consultant who works on gender in development, with a particular focus on girls and on men and gender equality. She co-authored the first ever "State of the World’s Fathers" report in 2015. Her latest book is "Feminism and Men" (Zed Press, 2014). She has also authored "The No-Nonsense Guide to Women’s Rights" (New Internationalist/Verso, 2008), and six "State of the World’s Girls" reports for Plan International, including one on boys and gender equality. She is a member of the International Advisory Board for Young Lives, an Oxford University study on child poverty; director of Just Change UK; and an advisory trustee of the Great Men Initiative and New Internationalist magazine.

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Henny Slegh

Senior Fellow

Henny Slegh is a Senior Fellow at Promundo in the Great Lakes region in Africa. She has coordinated household surveys on gender equality for IMAGES in Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Mali, as well as with ex-combatants in a demobilization and reintegration program in Rwanda. In Burundi and Eastern DRC, she designed and tested pilot programs for male and couple therapy groups that focused on the impact of war-related trauma on manhood, partner relations, and family management. Since 2003, she has worked as a researcher and lecturer in psychology and trauma counseling in Mozambique, Rwanda, Burundi, and DRC. She conducted several studies on the effects of war and post-conflict on masculinity and gender relations. She is a psychotherapist by training, holds a master’s degree in medical anthropology, and is a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Institute of Social Science Research in the Netherlands.

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Ritxar Bacete González

Senior Fellow

Ritxar Bacete González is a Senior Fellow at Promundo. He is an independent consultant, educator, researcher, and activist focused on fatherhood and engaging men and boys to promote care, gender equality, and ending violence against women in Spain and Latin America. Along with Promundo and local partners, he is leading the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES), a multi-country study of men and gender equality, in Spain. Ritxar specializes in the implementation, promotion, and coordination of institutional equality programs for men, like the program “Gizonduz” of the Basque Institute for Woman. In 2016 he coordinated the research "The Involvement of the Basque Fathers in the Upbringing of Children" for the Department of Employment of the Basque Government. He is also a member of the Network of Men for Equality in Spain. Ritxar is an anthropologist, social worker, master of gender research and coaching of people and teams, a specialist in development cooperation and applied economics, a writer about masculinities and gender, and above all, a father.

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