The faces behind Women Thrive Worldwide.
Office of the President
In 1998, Ritu Sharma co-founded Women Thrive Worldwide with Elise Fiber Smith. Under Ritu’s leadership, Women Thrive Worldwide has put the concerns of the poorest women and girls at the center of all U.S. international assistance. An adept coalition builder, political strategist, communicator and motivational speaker, Ritu is a leading voice on international women’s issues and U.S. foreign policy.
From meetings logistics to liaising with the board, Jamie is Ritu's right-hand woman.
Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships
Communications and Outreach
Jillian Holzer works closely with Women Thrive's policy and organizational advancement staff to raise the organization's mission, expertise, and resources using a host of media—including traditional press and new media. She ensures an integrated approach to Women Thrive's communications, helping
Melanie runs a tight ship at Women Thrive HQ, where she oversees all finances and operations.
Mina Alemzadeh joined Women Thrive in October 2013. She helps keeps the trains moving for the organizational advancement team.
Policy and Government Affairs
Using her background knowledge on human rights, Chrissy is an integral member of the Policy and Government Affairs team, tackling issues from gender-based violence to girls' education.
As Director of Education Policy, Laura brings the strategic thinking, political know-how, and leadership skills necessary to launch Women Thrive’s work in the field of education and learning outcomes.
Elise Young has worked in the international development and policy field for over 12 years and specializes in both programmatic and policy analysis of food and agricultural security, fair trade, economic development, livelihood security, gender integration and general foreign aid reform. Follow Elise on Twitter @EliseThrive.