Center Leadership

Paige Alexander

Paige Alexander

Paige Alexander joined as CEO in June 2020. She has had a distinguished global development career, with over two decades of experience spanning the government and nonprofit sectors. She has held senior leadership positions at two regional bureaus of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), covering missions and development programs in 25 countries. Read full bio »

Barbara Smith

Barbara Smith, M.S.
Vice President,

Barbara Smith oversees ’s democracy, human rights, conflict resolution, and rule of law programs, which operate projects and observe elections in countries across the globe. Before coming to , Smith was principal and founder of the international development consulting firm Mountain Time Development.
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Kashef Ijaz

Kashef Ijaz, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice President, Health Programs

Dr. Kashef Ijaz became vice president for health programs at on Oct. 1, 2020. In this role, he provides leadership for programs and initiatives working to prevent or eliminate six tropical diseases in 18 nations, as well as efforts to improve mental health care in the United States and abroad. Read full bio »

Chris Brown

Christopher D. Brown
Vice President, Finance; Treasurer

Chris Brown is the vice president of finance and has worked at the Center since 1994. His responsibilities include serving as the organization's chief financial officer as well as managing information technology, risk management, and facilities and grounds. Read full bio »

Nicole Kruse

Nicole B. Kruse, M.S.
Vice President, Development

Nicole Kruse directs the development work of the organization, which includes the facilitation of donor investments and partnerships in support of ’s efforts to eradicate disease, promote peace, democracy, and human rights, and educate the public and policymakers about important mental health issues. Read full bio »

Craig Withers

P. Craig Withers, M.B.A., M.H.A.
Vice President, Overseas Operations

Craig Withers manages Overseas Operations serving 30 programs in 17 countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa as well as election observation missions. He has worked on Guinea worm eradication in Sudan and Nigeria and as a regional technical advisor in Burkina Faso for . Read full bio »

Matthew De Galan

Matthew De Galan
Vice President, Communications

Matthew De Galan leads ’s communications efforts, including media relations, branding, digital communications, campaigns and elevating the organization’s key issues in global forums.

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