Because When Women Thrive, the Whole World Thrives.

Staff

The faces behind Women Thrive Worldwide.

Office of the President

Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma

Office of the President
Co-Founder and 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.

Jamie McCann

Jamie McCann

Office of the President
Executive Assistant

From meetings logistics to liaising with the board, Jamie is Ritu's right-hand woman.

Global Partnerships

Emily Bove

Global Partnerships
Director


Emily joined Women Thrive as the Director for Global Partnerships after more than five years working with communities and grassroots organizations in Indonesia, Cameroon, and the Caribbean.
 

Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships

Lauren Supina

Lauren Supina

Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships
Senior Vice President
With more than 20 years of experience promoting women's issues everywhere from the White House to corporate America, Lauren knows how to put resources to good use for a big impact.

Communications and Outreach

Christopher Burley

Chris Burley

Communications and Outreach
Vice President
Chris Burley leads strategic communications efforts at Women Thrive Worldwide, amplifying the voices of women and girls from around the globe online and in the media.

Jillian Holzer

Communications and Outreach
Director
Jillian Holzer ensures an integrated approach to Women Thrive's communications, helping to grow the organization's profile among key audiences.

Finance

Melanie Richardson

Melanie Richardson

Finance
Chief Operating Officer

Melanie runs a tight ship at Women Thrive HQ, where she oversees all finances and operations.

Organizational Advancement

Mina Alemzadeh

Organizational Advancement
Associate

Mina Alemzadeh joined Women Thrive in October 2013. She helps keeps the trains moving for the organizational advancement team. 

Mei Powers

Organizational Advancement
Senior Manager
As the Senior Manager of Organizational Advancement, Mei works to raise funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations to support Women Thrive’s goals and advocacy. Follow Mei on Twitter @MeiThrive.

Policy and Government Affairs

Christine Hart

Christine Hart

Policy and Government Affairs
Manager

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.

Laura Henderson

Laura Henderson

Policy and Government Affairs
Director, Education Policy

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.

Noel Schroeder

Policy and Government Affairs
Manager, Education Policy

Noel works with the Women Thrive team and its partners to strengthen global education goals and improve learning for girls and boys around the world.

Elise Young

Policy and Government Affairs
Vice President

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.