Posted: June 1, 2020
Associate Director for Partnerships & Communications
As Associate Director for Partnerships and Communications, Girija serves as a liaison with partners and potential donors for CWW and the STH Coalition, and facilitates and guides the day-to-day work of the STH Coalition. In her role as the communications lead for CWW, Girija manages strategic communications and is responsible for the promotion of CWW’s work and engagement with global STH partners. In addition to her responsibilities at CWW, Girija serves as the co-chair of the Ensuring Sustainable Systems cross-cutting group in the NTD NGO Network (NNN).
Girija comes to CWW from the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), another program of the Task Force for Global Health, where she led their communication and knowledge management platforms and was responsible for strengthening partner relationships with groups such as the International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC). Girija also managed ITI’s drug donation to a dozen countries in Africa, the Middle-East, Central America, and Asia, working closely with partners from Ministries of Health, international NGOs, and the World Health Organization to ensure that communities fighting blinding trachoma received needed quantities of Zithromax®, an antibiotic donated by Pfizer and managed by ITI.
Before joining the Task Force, Girija led the maternal and child programming for Global Health Action in Haiti and was responsible for program development, monitoring and evaluation, partnerships, communications, fundraising, and grants management.
Girija holds graduate degrees in public health, sociology and economics.