Who We Are

A problem of this magnitude cannot be solved by one actor or one sector alone.

Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, with a particular focus on sexual violence against girls. Founded in 2009, the Together for Girls partnership brings together national governments, UN agencies and private sector organizations to prevent and respond to violence, as a fundamental step to achieving individual rights and well-being, gender equality, and sustainable development.

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PARTNERS

Strength in Numbers: The Together for Girls partners are global leaders in their areas of work and each one contributes unique expertise and skills to strengthen our collective impact at national, regional, and global levels.

Founder 

Gary Cohen, Executive Vice President and President, Global Health and Development, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company); Board Chair, Together for Girls; Board Co-Chair, GBCHealth; Board Director, CDC Foundation; Board Director, UNICEF USA

Gary Cohen is the board chair and founder of Together for Girls. He is the Executive Vice President and President, Global Health and Development at BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co). Mr. Cohen is also a board director of the Perrigo Company, CDC Foundation and UNICEF USA, board co-chair of GBCHealth.  He previously served on the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children and presently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Grand Challenges Canada.

 

Mr. Cohen and BD engage in extensive cross-sector collaboration to address unmet health needs globally, working with international agencies, governments and non-government organizations, focused on specific health goals such strengthening clinical and laboratory practices, safely immunizing children, addressing infectious and non-communicable diseases, reducing maternal and newborn mortality, combating antimicrobial resistance and improving safety for health workers and patients.  He frequently serves as an expert speaker and advocate on advancing health and human rights, in various venues including the United Nations, Vatican, World Bank, World Health Assembly, U.S. Department of State and World Economic Forum-Davos.  He has been honored for his humanitarian work by MESAB (Medical Education for South African Blacks), B’nai B’rith International, UNICEF USA, the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, the American Jewish Committee and the Nymbani Home for HIV positive children in Kenya.  Mr. Cohen holds B.A. and an M.B.A. degrees from Rutgers University and previously served on the university’s board of trustees.  In 2016 he was named a Rutgers 250 Fellow in association with the university’s 250th anniversary.

Secretariat Staff

 

Dr. Daniela Ligiero, Executive Director & CEO

Dr. Daniela Ligiero is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Together for Girls, a global, public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, especially sexual violence against girls. The partnership includes five UN agencies, the governments of the United States and Canada, several private sector organizations and more than 20 country governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, working together to generate comprehensive data and solutions to this public health and human rights epidemic. Dr. Ligiero also serves as the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

Before she joined Together for Girls, she served as the Vice President of Girls and Women’s Strategy at the UN Foundation and developed the foundation’s gender integration strategy. In addition, she spent over five years at the U.S. Department of State where she led the integration of gender issues into all foreign policy and investments in global health—working with over 70 countries and over 1 billion dollars in investments on issues like preventing gender-based violence and improving the sexual and reproductive health of girls and women. She helped develop the first ever International U.S. Government Strategy to End Gender-Based Violence.

 

Dr. Ligiero also served in leadership roles at UNICEF, as Chief of HIV and then as Senior Program Officer in the UNICEF Brazil Country Office. In addition, she has held positions at the World Bank and the US Senate, and has worked directly with survivors of sexual assault in a variety of settings. She is also a survivor of sexual violence herself, and has been speaking publicly about her story for the last decade. She earned her doctoral degree counseling psychology from University of Maryland, College Park, ranked the #1 program in the US. Dr. Ligiero is fluent in four languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish and French.

Sandie Taylor, Chief Operating Officer

 

Sandie Taylor is the Chief Operating Officer at Together for Girls (TfG). She previously served as TfG’s Director of Communications and Operations. Before joining Together for Girls in 2013, Ms. Taylor was senior manager of corporate marketing and communications with Conservation International’s Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, managing cause marketing activities and partnership communications with companies including Starbucks, the Walt Disney Company and Hewlett-Packard. She also held positions as a marketing manager and alumni magazine editor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition, Ms. Taylor serves on the board of directors for Latinitas, a nonprofit empowering young Latinas using media and technology, and has volunteered for the organization for more than 10 years. She earned her MBA from Wake Forest University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a concentration in women and gender studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Chrissy Hart, Senior Advisor

Chrissy Hart is the Senior Advisor at TfG, overseeing the partnership’s work in sub-Saharan Africa. She has been working in the area of human rights, gender equality, and international development for over a decade. Chrissy served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso in the area of girls’ education and empowerment, followed by positions working in advocacy, partnerships, and research at RFK Human Rights, the University of Denver’s Human Trafficking Center, Women Thrive Alliance, where she lead the organization’s portfolio on gender-based violence, and most recently, the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and UN Women. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University and an M.A. in International Human Rights from the University of Denver.

Katherine Brandon, Director of Communications

Katherine Brandon is the Director of Communications at Together for Girls, where she leads the partnership’s communications and advocacy activities. Prior to joining TfG in 2016, she spent nearly six years leading communications for the girls and women’s portfolio at the United Nations Foundation. Previously, she worked in the press office in the U.S. Senate, the White House, and on political campaigns. She graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in Journalism.

Begoña Fernandez, Senior Technical Officer

Begoña Fernandez is the Senior Technical Officer at TfG, a public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, particularly sexual violence against girls. At TfG, she oversees the data-to-action model in Latin America, Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe. Begoña has a background in sexual and reproductive health and health policy and over seven years of experience working in both domestic and global public health programs. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and a BA in International Economics from American University.

Alexandra Tucci, Senior Communications Officer

Alexandra Tucci is the Senior Communications Officer at TfG. Prior to Together for Girls, Alexandra worked in healthcare communications and digital strategy with GCI Health and Porter Novelli, specializing in patient advocacy, biotechnology and corporate social responsiblity. Past clients include: Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Bayer, Biogen, Merck and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alexandra graduated from the University of Alabama where she earned dual degrees in international studies and advertising/public relations.

Millie Knopp, Communications and Youth Advocacy Officer, Global Health Corps Fellow

Millicent (Millie) Knopp serves as the Communications and Youth Advocacy Officer at TfG. Prior to her fellowship placement at TfG Millie conducted a practicum at a women’s health organization in East Africa conducting research on women’s reproductive health grassroots advocacy and policy reform in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  Millie has over five years experience working in various program management roles focusing on different thematic areas including women’s professional development and philanthropy, youth engagement and mentorship, sexual health education and early childhood literacy. Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, Millie recently completed her MA in Sustainable International Development from The Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Kelly Hagler, Online Community Manager

Kelly is the online community manager for TfG, utilizing TfG’s global social media presence to share the powerful stories of survivors and data-driven solutions to violence against children. Kelly is also a licensed social worker at the Rush University Medical Center’s school-based health center at Simpson Academy for Young Women—the only Chicago Public School serving exclusively pregnant and parenting teen girls grades 6-12. Kelly received her MSW at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and specializes in trauma-informed therapy for adolescents. Kelly is a former Global Health Corps fellow and a certified sexual assault/crisis intervention counselor—previously volunteering as an ER medical advocate supporting survivors of sexual violence.

Leadership Council

Gretchen Bachman, USAID

Regina Benevides de Barros, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Stephen Blight, UNICEF

Luisa Cabal, UNAIDS

Gary Cohen, BD

Sarah Craven, UNFPA

Kathleen Flynn-Dapaah, Government of Canada

Claudia Garcia Moreno, WHO

Alessandra Guedes, PAHO/WHO

Susan Hillis, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alethia Jimenez, UN WOMEN

Howard Kress, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Daniela Ligiero, Together for Girls

Lauren Marks, U.S. Department of State’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Greta Massetti, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

M. Catherine Maternowska, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Janet Saul, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Mathew Watson, USAID

Cornelius Williams, UNICEF 

Board of Directors

Gary Cohen, BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company)

Gary Cohen is the board chair and founder of Together for Girls. He is the Executive Vice President and President, Global Health and Development at BD (Becton, Dickinson & Co). Mr. Cohen is also a board director of the Perrigo Company, CDC Foundation and UNICEF USA, board co-chair of GBCHealth.  He previously served on the UN Commission on Life Saving Commodities for Women and Children and presently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of Grand Challenges Canada.

 

Mr. Cohen and BD engage in extensive cross-sector collaboration to address unmet health needs globally, working with international agencies, governments and non-government organizations, focused on specific health goals such strengthening clinical and laboratory practices, safely immunizing children, addressing infectious and non-communicable diseases, reducing maternal and newborn mortality, combating antimicrobial resistance and improving safety for health workers and patients.  He frequently serves as an expert speaker and advocate on advancing health and human rights, in various venues including the United Nations, Vatican, World Bank, World Health Assembly, U.S. Department of State and World Economic Forum-Davos.  He has been honored for his humanitarian work by MESAB (Medical Education for South African Blacks), B’nai B’rith International, UNICEF USA, the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, the American Jewish Committee and the Nymbani Home for HIV positive children in Kenya.  Mr. Cohen holds B.A. and an M.B.A. degrees from Rutgers University and previously served on the university’s board of trustees.  In 2016 he was named a Rutgers 250 Fellow in association with the university’s 250th anniversary.

Katya Andersen, Capital One

Katya Andresen is Senior Vice President, Card Customer Experience Strategy at Capital One. In this role she partners with segment, capability and operations leaders to architect and align touchpoints around the end-to-end experience for customers. Her team focuses on customer insights, marketing, design and strategy to create a differentiated customer experience. 

 

Before joining Capital One, Katya served in executive roles for technology-driven companies, most recently as CEO of the education technology company Cricket Media.  Prior to that, she was COO and CSO of Network for Good, a payments platform and SaaS enterprise for digital giving and social actions that was founded by AOL, Yahoo! and Cisco. Katya also worked in market research and joined Network for Good as VP of Marketing before joining the executive team.  

From 2009-2013, Katya was an adjunct professor at the American University Key Executive Leadership Program.  She was also senior vice president of Sutton Group, a Washington, D.C.-based social marketing consulting firm. 

 

Earlier in her career, Katya was a foreign correspondent for Reuters News and Television in Asia and for Associated Press and major U.S. newspapers in Africa.   

 

Katya wrote the book “Robin Hood Marketing: Stealing Corporate Savvy for Just Causes” and is a contributor to several books on marketing and social media. 

Francis Barchi, Rutgers University

Francis Barchi is assistant professor in the School of Social Work and a member of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research at Rutgers University. Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, she was a senior fellow in the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania where she continues to develop training programs in clinical and research ethics for health professionals and members of ethics review committees in developing countries. Current programs include training activities for clinicians in Tanzania and Guatemala, and the development of a clinical ethics curriculum for nursing faculty and students in Botswana. In addition, Dr. Barchi is an associated faculty member of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Policy and Planning at Rutgers and a member of the Center for African Studies. 

 

Dr. Barchi’s personal research focuses on global health ethics as well as the social and behavioral factors that influence women’s health in southern Africa. In 2009, she completed the first major quantitative study on women’s autonomy and gender-based violence in northern Botswana, the findings from which identified strong associations between alcohol, violence, and poor health outcomes. She is currently studying comprehension and voluntariness among HIV-positive women being screened for cervical cancer at a government clinic in Botswana’s capital city and examining the extent to which understanding may impact a woman’s adherence to recommended treatment and timely return to follow-up care. In addition, she is heading an NIH-funded effort through the Penn Center for AIDS Research to explore IRB perspectives in Botswana on the collection, use, and storage of biological specimens for HIV research. 

 

At Rutgers, Dr. Barchi currently teaches a doctoral course on research ethics and integrity in the social sciences and an undergraduate introductory course on global health. She also regularly visits Botswana where she leads training initiatives in research ethics for university faculty, members of ethics review committees, and community advisory groups. 

 

Dr. Barchi holds a PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Masters degrees in Bioethics and Non-Profit Leadership from the same institution. She completed her undergraduate degree at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. 

Michele Moloney-Kitts, Former Executive Director of Together for Girls

Michele Moloney-Kitts is currently an independent consultant, serving on the Board of Directors of the Together for Girls partnership and as the Vice Chair of the Technical Review Panel of the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria.   

 

Professionally Michele has been a leader in international public health for over thirty years.  She most recently served as the founding Executive Director of Together for Girls, a private public partnership dedicated to ending violence against children and as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of UNAIDS.  A career foreign service officer with USAID, Michele also served as the Assistant Global AIDS Coordinator for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) responsible for oversight of field implementation and multilateral relations, including on the Board of the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria where she also served as Chair of the Portfolio and Implementation Committee.  Other USAID assignments included long term postings in Morocco, Cambodia, South Africa and Washington, DC.   Michele began her career as a nurse practitioner and a nurse midwife, with a particular focus on underserved populations, especially adolescents.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College and a Master’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania.   

 

Now a resident of Chatham Mass., she is an active member of Friends of the Marconi/RCA Triangle, serves as a volunteer land steward for the Chatham Conservation Foundation and is on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Chatham Waterways.