Rachel M. Cohen, MA

Regional Executive Director, North America

Rachel Cohen was appointed Regional Executive Director of Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) North America in January 2011. Rachel has been working in the global health and humanitarian field for more than 20 years, primarily with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). Until 2010, she served as Head of Mission for MSF in South Africa and Lesotho, where she oversaw numerous medical programs, primarily focused on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis treatment in rural and peri-urban settings, primary health care for Zimbabwean refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants and emergency care for survivors of sexual violence. Before working for MSF in the field, Rachel held numerous positions with MSF in New York, including US Director for MSF's Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, where she directed policy advocacy activities related to drug pricing, intellectual property, and medical innovation for neglected diseases.

Prior to joining MSF, she was the Director of Foundation & Corporate Giving at Housing Works, the largest minority-controlled AIDS service organization in the United States, and before that, served as the program coordinator for the US+Cuba Medical Project, where she directed medical aid programs and carried out educational and advocacy initiatives about the impact of US foreign policy on the health of the Cuban population.

Rachel earned a Master of Public Policy with a Certificate in Health and Health Policy from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.



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Senior Program Assistant

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Emily Conron

Policy and Advocacy Officer

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Steering Committee


Rachel M. Cohen, MA

Regional Executive Director, North America

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative

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Jodie Curtis

Washington Representative

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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Kevin Fisher

Director of Policy, Data & Analytics


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Karen A. Goraleski, MA

Executive Director

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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Heather Ignatius, MA

Director, US and Global Advocacy


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Sharyn Tenn, MA

Senior Director, External Affairs and Product Access

International Partnership for Microbicides

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