James Fishon

James is a global health and development professional with experience in communications, advocacy, program management, stakeholder engagement, and event facilitation. His areas of expertise include LGBTQIA+ health care, immunization, and infectious diseases.

At Global Health Visions, James largely focuses on cholera and meningitis. James supports the World Health Organization’s Global Task Force on Cholera Control(GTFCC), the GTFCC Country Support Platform hosted at IFRC, and the Wellcome Trust in their cholera elimination efforts, as well as the World Health Organization’s Meningitis Technical Task Force. James also supports several advocacy and communications teams at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including vaccines, enteric and diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, polio, and tobacco control.  

James previously served as the Assistant Director of Performance Improvement for NYCHealth + Hospitals, where he managed clinical improvement efforts and served asa system-wide communications liaison. Prior to this, James worked for a network of federally qualified health centers, where he drafted and procured grants for LGBTQIA+ health care access and built legal-medical partnerships within state and federal court systems. 

James is a former Peace Corps volunteer, having spent a year in Ukraine working with PEPFAR and USAID on health reform, HIV/AIDS prevention, and human trafficking interventions. He began his career as a consultant for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Grand Challenges” initiatives, the Exxon Mobil Foundation’s malaria portfolio, and the UN Foundation’s “Free and Equal” campaign. 

James holds a Master of Public Health in Health Policy and Management from the CUNY School of Public Health, a Master of Arts in Politics from The New School for Social Research, and a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Eugene Lang College.  

James speaks English, Russian, Ukrainian, and Belarusian.