Global Health Corps is the creation of a team of six twenty-somethings who met through a summit focused on engaging young people in the future of global health—the 2008 aids2031 Young Leaders Summit hosted by UNAIDS and Google.
We came from different backgrounds. Barbara and Jenna had both been inspired by time serving abroad within health organizations in South Africa and Panama. Working at Google, Charlie and Andrew witnessed many talented people in technology who sought to launch new careers in health. Dave and Jonny worked at FACE AIDS, a student campaign to fight AIDS in Africa, and constantly spoke with young people who sought opportunities to serve in health. All of our experiences inspired a shared vision that led to GHC.
We share the beliefs that:
- Our generation must build a world in which everyone has access to comprehensive health care.
- Our generation can create this world if we engage young leaders with diverse skill-sets into building more effective and just health systems.
- Our generation will step forward to serve.
Soon after meeting, we created an action plan and quickly began developing Global Health Corps. Google.org granted our first grant in December 2008, and applications for our first class of fellows opened in February 2009. Our Founding Program Director, Katie Bollbach, soon joined to design our programming and training driven by her own experience supporting health initiatives in Rwanda and Zambia. By August 2009, our inaugural class of 22 GHC fellows from eight countries began their fellowships and together we have built an ever-growing community of fellows and alumni devoted to health equity.
Andrew currently works for Google out of the New York and Boston offices. During his time at Google he spent two years based in São Paulo, Brazil, helping to drive Latin American sales and business strategy. Before co-founding GHC and joining Google, he graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2006 with a minor in Political Science. Andrew grew up in Madison, WI.
Barbara is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps. Before joining Global Health Corps’ founding team in 2008, Barbara worked in Educational Programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Previously, she worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa and interned for UNICEF in Botswana. She has traveled with the UN World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition in ARV treatment. Barbara is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee and is one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers. She is on the Board of Directors of Covenant House International, PSI, and Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. Barbara graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.
Charlie Hale is a co-founder of GHC. He currently works at Google, where he handles public policy and government affairs for Google’s geo products (including Maps & Earth) and Google[x], which includes the self-driving car project among others. Prior to Google, Charlie worked for the State Department in Washington DC and Egypt. He also sits on the board of Envaya, a technology nonprofit for civil society organizations in developing countries. He graduated from Colby College with a degree in Government.
Dave Ryan co-founded Global Health Corps and served as Founding Director. Before joining Global Health Corps’ founding team in 2008, Dave was Executive Director of FACE AIDS, a national student campaign to fight AIDS in Africa. Dave is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School. He is currently a law clerk on the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Jenna Bush Hager
Jenna Bush Hager has been a contributing correspondent for NBC News’ TODAY since September 2009. She is a two-time New York Times bestselling author, and serves as the Young Leadership Ambassador & Chair for UNICEF’s Next Generation committee, which aims to save, protect and improve the lives of children around the world. Jenna began her career as an elementary school teacher in 2005 in Washington, D.C., and later taught as a reading resource teacher at a public school in Baltimore, Maryland. Jenna graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 with a degree in English.
Jonny co-founded GHC, and served as Executive Director from June 2009 through February 2011. Jonny is now an MBA candidate at Stanford University and an MPA candidate at Harvard University, where he was a Zuckerman Fellow. Before GHC, Jonny took a two-year leave from college to co-found and serve as Executive Director of FACE AIDS, a student campaign to fight AIDS. Jonny was named an Echoing Green Fellow and a Draper Richards Social Entrepreneur for his work at Global Health Corps, and recently received the Next Generation Award from the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Jonny serves as a Trustee of Partners In Health, Chair of the Board of FACE AIDS, a Social Citizen Ambassador for the Case Foundation, and a Board member of the Riekes Center, a youth mentoring program in his home community in California. He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he won the Deans’ Award for Academic Achievement and served as President of the student body.
Katie was the Founding Program Director of Global Health Corps, and served as VP of Programs until 2012. In 2005, on a leave of absence from Stanford University, Katie co-founded FACE AIDS, an organization dedicated to mobilizing students in the fight to end AIDS. She spent a year in Zambia and a year in Rwanda launching FACE AIDS’s support groups and income generation programs for people living with HIV. While in Rwanda, Katie additionally served as the Microfinance Program Coordinator for Partners In Health. Katie earned a BA from Stanford University in International Relations and African Studies. She is currently pursuing an MPH at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as a Sommer Scholar, and an MPP at Harvard Kennedy School as a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership.