Our Team

Our Staff

  • Dr. Susan M. Blaustein, Founder and Executive Director of WomenStrong International

    Dr. Susan M. Blaustein

    Founder and Executive Director

    Susan sets the vision and strategic direction for WomenStrong, including its grantmaking, the Learning Lab model, knowledge and learning, and communications.

  • Hannah Barrueta Sacksteder, Senior Program Associate of WomenStrong International

    Hannah Barrueta Sacksteder

    Senior Program Associate

    Hannah manages the Learning Lab portal, leads the organization’s translation and language justice initiatives, and supports other activities and projects.

  • Ketayoun Darvich-Kodjouri, Senior Advisor, Communications & External Relations of WomenStrong International

    Ketayoun Darvich-Kodjouri

    Senior Advisor, Communications & External Relations

    Ketayoun shapes and oversees WomenStrong’s communications strategy, leads storytelling efforts, and is the point person for visibility.

  • Julia Fan, Knowledge and Program Manager of WomenStrong International

    Julia Fan

    Knowledge and Program Manager

    Julia manages learning activities, community-building, and knowledge sharing among partners in WomenStrong’s Learning Lab.

  • Amy Gregowski, Director of Research  of WomenStrong International

    Amy Gregowski

    Director of Research

    Amy leads WomenStrong’s Knowledge and Learning efforts, including assessing WomenStrong’s model and providing technical guidance to partners on monitoring, evaluation, and learning.

  • Dr. Chisina Kapungu, Director of Learning and Organizational Strengthening of WomenStrong International

    Dr. Chisina Kapungu

    Director of Learning and Organizational Strengthening

    Chisina oversees the Learning Lab, including technical areas focused on girls’ education, women’s health, violence prevention, and economic opportunity.

  • Michelle Lambert, Communications Manager of WomenStrong International

    Michelle Lambert

    Communications Manager

    Michelle manages WomenStrong’s publications and amplifies the work of WomenStrong and its partners through social media and digital storytelling.

  • Mara Steinhaus, Senior Research & Learning Specialist  of WomenStrong International

    Mara Steinhaus

    Senior Research & Learning Specialist

    Mara provides technical assistance to WomenStrong’s partners to improve their research, monitoring and evaluation, and products to share their findings.

  • Naomi Walston, Director of Strategy and Development of WomenStrong International

    Naomi Walston

    Director of Strategy and Development

    Naomi directs strategy and fundraising efforts, drawing on her extensive experience as a program manager, technical advisor, and researcher.

  • Bianca Zhang, Operations and Human Resources Manager of WomenStrong International

    Bianca Zhang

    Operations and Human Resources Manager

    Bianca oversees WomenStrong’s finances, administration, IT systems, operations, and team resources and strategy.

Our Board of Directors

  • George C. Biddle, WomenStrong International Board Member of WomenStrong International

    George C. Biddle

    WomenStrong International Board Member

    George Biddle is the chairman of World Connect, a grassroots organization that supports local leaders in the developing world to undertake innovative, sustainable and scalable community development projects.

  • Prof. Yasmine Ergas, WomenStrong International Board Member of WomenStrong International

    Prof. Yasmine Ergas

    WomenStrong International Board Member

    Prof. Yasmine Ergas is Director of the Specialization on Gender and Public Policy and Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and Senior Advisor to Columbia’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

  • Dr. Beth Horowitz, MD, WomenStrong International Board Member of WomenStrong International

    Dr. Beth Horowitz, MD

    WomenStrong International Board Member

    Dr. Beth Horowitz MD is a highly regarded physician in full-time private practice in downtown Washington, DC.

  • Steve Kass, WomenStrong International Board Member of WomenStrong International

    Steve Kass

    WomenStrong International Board Member

    Senior Environmental Counsel at Carter Ledyard and Milburn LLP, Adjunct Professor at Brooklyn Law School and at NYU’s Center on Global Affairs

  • Cathy Lee, WomenStrong International Board Member of WomenStrong International

    Cathy Lee

    WomenStrong International Board Member

    Ms. Catherine A. Lee, founder and manager of Lee International Business Development since 1997, focuses her current practice on climate change policy, projects and programs domestically and internationally.

  • Prof. Geeta Mehta, WomenStrong International Board Member of WomenStrong International

    Prof. Geeta Mehta

    WomenStrong International Board Member

    Prof. Geeta Mehta is an adjunct professor of architecture and urban design at Columbia University in New York, where she teaches seminars and design studios that have worked in India, China, Austria, France, Ukraine, Colombia, Brazil, Jamaica, Ghana and Kenya.

  • Pam Schutz, WomenStrong International Board Member of WomenStrong International

    Pam Schutz

    WomenStrong International Board Member

    Pam Schutz, a seasoned financial services executive, is the retired CEO of Retirement and Protection for Genworth, a spin-off of GE.

  • Peggy Shepard, WomenStrong International Board Member of WomenStrong International

    Peggy Shepard

    WomenStrong International Board Member

    Community activist, environmental health researcher and advocate; Co-Founder and Executive Director of WE ACT For Environmental Justice (WE ACT)