Susannah Hurd

Susannah has been working in the field of global health for over 15 years, with a particular focus on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) and wellbeing. Susannah has a comprehensive understanding of key global policies and initiatives, as well as health care delivery systems and policy environments at the national and sub-national levels; she is able to leverage this deep and cross-cutting understanding of both service delivery and policy environments, as well as a variety of health and development areas, to develop robust advocacy strategies and communications products that are appropriate and effective for different audiences and users, and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of programs. Susannah has extensive experience supporting and facilitating workshops and trainings for a variety of health and development partners, helping participants to effectively identify common priorities, and distill those into tangible goals, objectives, and action items.

Susannah’s knowledge and experience spans the RMNCAH continuum of care, with particular passion and expertise around women and girls. As part of her role with GHV since 2009, Susannah’s work has included the development of results frameworks, program designs, landscape analyses, advocacy and investment strategies, communications materials, toolkits, and policy analyses for partners including: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Population Council, Hôpital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, the Maternal Health Task Force, PATH, Management Sciences for Health, and RESULTS Education Fund.

Prior to joining GHV, Susannah worked for both international and domestic organizations, including Planned Parenthood, The Population Council, and International Planned Parenthood Federation, where she oversaw reproductive health, adolescents, and HIV/AIDS programs and direct service delivery, including program management, research, evaluation, training, and communications in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean, and throughout the world.

Susannah holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, focused on population and family health. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bates College, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She serves on the board of Maya Midwifery International.