Aspen Global Health and Development
Aspen Global Health and Development
Meet the Team
Peggy Clark is the Vice President of Policy Programs, Executive Director of Aspen Global Health and Development, and Director of Artisan Partners @Aspen. As Vice President of Policy Programs, Peggy provides strategic oversight and guidance to the Institute’s 28 policy programs. As Executive Director of Aspen Global Health and Development, Peggy leads programs promoting breakthrough solutions to global development. Previously, Peggy helped to found Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative with Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and served as Managing Director. From 2001 – 2003 Peggy was the Executive Vice President for Policy Programs and Seminars of the Aspen Institute. Peggy began her career at Aspen in 1991 when she founded the Self-Employment Learning Project, later named the Economic Opportunities Program. In this role, Peggy helped to establish the field of sectoral workforce development with the publication Jobs and the Urban Poor and crafted new legislation to support industry led workforce development, and led efforts to establish the field of microenterprise development in the US. Prior to that, Peggy was a Program Officer at the Ford Foundation and the first Director of Small Scale Enterprise and Credit at Save the Children. Peggy was a leader in founding and shaping the microfinance field internationally, helping to draft the first microenterprise legislation for USAID and serving on the first Microenterprise Advisory Council to the Administrator of USAID. Peggy also is a nationally recognized leader in establishing the microfinance field domestically leading the first national evaluation of the microenterprise field and helping to develop the first Small Business Administration legislation to support microenterprise in the US. In 1995 Peggy received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise Development from President Bill Clinton.
Gwen earned a BA in English Literature from Trinity College in Hartford, CT, with minors in French and Women, Gender & Sexuality. She spent a semester abroad in Dakar, Senegal, where she had the opportunity to intern with women's rights NGO Siggil Jiggeen (which translates from Wolof as "to raise the heads of women") and observe rural women's advocacy organization APROFES (Association pour la Promotion de la Femme Sénégalaise) on the ground. Gwen also concentrated on creative nonfiction and the personal essay as an undergrad and wrote her senior thesis on travel writing. After graduating, she worked on Teach For America's Recruitment Team before joining the Aspen Institute in June 2009.
Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, Katie worked nationally and around the world on global health and development initiatives, including HIV/AIDS implementation strategies in Romania, operations research for private health services in Myanmar and the scale up of Kenya's national emergency medical system through a public-private partnership. Katie also spent time leading a range of start-ups that included designing a network of charter schools, integrating microfinance with other development activities, and most notably was instrumental to the success of Good Capital, a venture fund that invests in expanding social enterprises. Katie holds a BA in political science from Colgate University and MSPH in global health policy and administration from the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. In addition to acting as Deputy Director, Katie also manages GHD's Health Worker Migration Initiative under the direction of Peggy Clark.
Kaylyn earned a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, with dual concentrations in International Development and African Studies and a minor in Spanish. During her time at George Washington, Kaylyn held several internships in the areas of refugee resettlement, health systems strengthening, and women in development. She also spent a semester abroad in Kenya, studying health and community development in both Nairobi and Mombasa. Kaylyn joined GHD full-time in September 2012, after a spring- and summer-long internship with the IDEA Initiative.
May Doherty is the Finance Director at Aspen Global Health and Development. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked for the U.S. Department of State in various capacities, most recently in the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan where she managed the State Department’s foreign assistance funds to Sudan. Previous to that, she worked in South Africa with community organizations focused on home-based care and orphans and vulnerable children. She has over ten years of international development experience, working both in government and the NGO community in the U.S. and abroad. A certified teacher, she holds degrees from Harvard University and New York University.
Elise Mann graduated from University of Wisconsin, Madison with a BA in Political Science and certificates in Women’s Studies and African Studies. She spent a semester studying in Arusha, Tanzania focusing on gender and development in a Peace and Conflict Resolutions Program. As an undergrad, she was actively involved with a student international development group, EDGE Project, where she spent two summers in a rural community in Uganda learning, helping with agricultural trainings. After interning with the Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health in the fall of 2011, Elise joined the IDEA Initiative in January 2012.
Rachel Feely-Kohl earned a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland-College Park. She spent a semester abroad in London, England working with for London's Social Services-Looked after Children Team. Most recently, Rachel was at the National Conference on Citizenship, a non-profit focused on civic engagement, where she managed logistics, vendor relations, and on-site coordination for their 2011 conference. Previously, she worked at a media consulting firm for political campaigns and for the Case Foundation's social innovation team. Rachel joined Aspen Global Health and Development (GHD) in December 2011.
Shannon Mills joined the Global Leaders Council team in February 2012 after spending two years as a Sustainable Agriculture Peace Corps Volunteer in Tambacounda, Senegal, where she worked with a rural women’s group to start a community garden and with a master farmer to create a demonstration farm. Before joining the Peace Corps, Shannon worked in local politics in Portland, Oregon as campaign manager for a Portland Community College capital bond and as a field organizer for a state-wide ballot measure on environmental protection and land use. Shannon graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota with a degree in Political Science and spent a semester abroad at the University of Jordan in Amman, Jordan.
Andrew came to the Aspen Institute after spending more than 20 years as a foreign correspondent with Reuters, reporting on everything from post-Tiananmen China to the Baghdad trial of Saddam Hussein. His most recent assignments included a stint as Southern Africa bureau chief during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and more than three years traveling the world with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Reuters' State Department correspondent. Andrew holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of California-Berkeley, and was a 2008 Nieman Global Health fellow at Harvard University. At Aspen, Andrew is leading the New Voices Fellowship initiative which aims to train and support a new cadre of experts from developing countries to communicate effectively and play a larger role in championing solutions and setting priorities for global development work.