Savannah Russo

Savannah has over six years of international and cross-cultural experience in advocacy, program management, policy, communications and research. Her areas of expertise include: global health, specifically HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health, international development, and social justice. Savannah joined GHV as a Senior Consultant in February 2018 and prior to her current role, Savannah served as a Senior Associate on the policy and advocacy team at Women Deliver where she worked primarily on the Deliver for Good Campaign, which puts a gender lens on sustainable development and promotes 12 critical investments for girls and women. 

She also served as a 2014-2015 Global Health Corps Fellow working as the Research and Documentation Officer for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation in Mbarara, Uganda. While in Uganda, her role entailed managing the communications strategy for the country office and conducting narrative interviews and focus groups with most at risk populations, health workers and clients to better understand and enhance programmatic outreach. Before moving to Uganda, Savannah worked in the Accreditation Department at the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and received her Master’s Degree in International Studies and Women’s Studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She has worked on women’s development programs in Haiti, Rwanda, and Senegal and also worked for two consecutive summers with Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA) in South Africa on a community-based research project that informed her thesis on gender and human security. Savannah is an avid supporter of women’s rights and global health equity.