Suzanna Dennis

Suzanna has 15 years of experience in gender and international health financing, with an emphasis on analysis to inform policy change.  Suzanna spent the past four years as Senior Advisor, Health Financing at PAI.  During that time, she led a project supporting civil society to contribute to the goals of the Global Financing Facility for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, adolescent health and nutrition.  In this capacity, she oversaw technical support and grant-making to CSOs in 25 countries per year.  She has been responsible for supporting the implementation of advocacy and accountability grants to improve community-level health care for services funded by the GFF.  

Prior to this post, Suzanna served as PAI’s Director of Research and led the organizations Financing Program tracking and analyzing donor funds and domestic resources for sexual and reproductive health. In 2016 Suzanna helped convene a primary health care financing consultation to build an advocacy agenda.  Suzanna is passionate about health financing and primary health care, and skilled at identifying the implications of PHC financing issues and translating them into actionable recommendations that will improve people’s lives.  

Suzanna earned a master’s degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. She also holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.