Steering Committee

Our roles and responsibilities

The Steering Committee serves as the executive oversight body for the Self-Care Trailblazer Group, providing guidance, recommendations, long-term vision, policy, project prioritization and review. Learn more below.

For its first year, beginning on 7 April through 31 December 2020 (i.e., Phase 1), the Steering Committee will operate on a provisional basis, with its role consisting of working in close collaboration with the Secretariat to: 

  • Upon consultation, provide recommendations on the current strategy of the SCTG. 
  • Develop a theory of change based on a shared vision success for self-care and the SCTG, with the goal of outlining a 3-year strategy for the Self-Care Trailblazer Group by October 2020. 
  • Develop a comprehensive, long-term member engagement strategy. 
  • Set up links with related working groups, constituencies and initiatives. 
  • Craft a work plan, with budget, for Q1-Q4 2021 by December 2020. 
  • Adopt or revise its terms of references for subsequent years as necessary. 

In subsequent years (i.e., Phase 2), the Steering Committee will manage, direct and coordinates implementation of SCTG activities by establishing priorities, recommending processes and making decisions, including: 

  • Participate in determining the SCTG’s annual work-plan, priorities and general scope of activity. 
  • Participate in setting annual required budget for all SCTG approved projects and activities. 
  • Participate in decision about allocation of resources for the work of the SCTG. 
  • Regularly review the proceedings of the SCTG in order to support its coordination and to monitor progress towards work plan goals and objectives. 
  • Oversee, plan and organize annual meetings of the SCTG. 
  • Participate in SCTG events and activities. 
  • Represent the SCTG within one’s sphere of personal influence. 
  • Attend SCTG meetings and participate in at least one sub/working group. At least one Steering Committee member will be the liaison to each of the SCTG sub/working groups.  
  • Prepare for and attend Steering Committee meetings and provide advance notice to a Co-Chair if unable to attend. 
  • As required, approve the establishment of sub/working groups. As necessary, identify, recruit, appoint, select, elect sub/working-group representatives. 
  • Ensure that SCTG members are informed of activities, have opportunities to contribute to the identification of plans and priorities, and to contribute to approved activities and projects. 
  • Be the official voice of the SCTG, in conjunction with other SCTG members, as needed. 

Martha Brady, PATH

Martha Brady is the Director of Sexual and Reproductive Health at PATH where she leads a global program focused on improving the health and well-being of women and girls by harnessing the power of innovation.  Ms. Brady has extensive experience working along the value chain from product development, introduction, and health system integration across a range of contraceptive, cervical cancer, and multi-purpose prevention technologies. Her current work is focused on women’s self-care products and practices.

In a career spanning more than two decades, Ms. Brady has worked with NGOs, governments, multilaterals, and donors to design and evaluate health and development programs worldwide.  Prior to joining PATH in 2016, Ms. Brady was Senior Associate at the Population Council where her research focused on the intersection of poverty, gender, and youth, with emphasis on adolescent girls programming.  Ms. Brady holds a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University in New York.

Holly Burke, FHI360

Holly Burke is a Behavioral Scientist in the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (RMNCH) Division at FHI 360. She joined FHI 360 in 2002 and has nearly 20 years of experience conducting applied research focused on sexual and reproductive health, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. She has held scientific leadership roles for more than a dozen studies utilizing various research methodologies resulting in more than 30 peer-reviewed journal articles. She has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, program evaluation; and she has advanced training in psychometrics techniques, including scale development, testing and validation. Her content areas of expertise include adolescent health, contraceptive use dynamics, health communication, HIV prevention, and the integration of economic strengthening and health interventions to influence behavior change. Holly has a PhD in Maternal and Child Health and an MPH in Health Behavior and Health Education — both from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Megan Christofield, Jhpiego

Megan Christofield is a Technical Advisor at Jhpiego, where she provides family planning technical assistance and serves as a global technical lead for self-care. Megan specializes in supporting teams through product introduction and scale-up, use of systematic advocacy approaches, and application of design thinking. She’s a recognized thought leader in the movement towards universal access to contraception, published in the journal of Global Health Science & Practice, STAT, and interviewed in WIRED. Megan holds an MPH in Women’s and Reproductive Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Janet Holt, Hewlett Foundation

Janet Holt is a Program Officer in the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population program. She supports grants that seek – directly and through advocacy – to extend comprehensive reproductive health services to women around the world, and particularly in Francophone West Africa.

She comes to the Hewlett Foundation from the Peace Corps, where she provided technical support to volunteer health programs around the world in maternal and child health, water and sanitation, and youth sexual and reproductive health. Janet has field experience in West and East Africa and the Pacific, and has worked with a range of global development organizations from small non-governmental organizations to the U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Bank.

Janet holds a master’s degree in international comparative education and a bachelor’s degree in human biology, both from Stanford University. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring with her husband and two young children.

Kristy Kade, White Ribbon Alliance

Kristy Kade is the Acting Chief Executive Officer for the White Ribbon Alliance Global Secretariat. She regularly serves as the Deputy Executive Director and oversees WRA’s programs and advocacy campaigns, including acting as co-chair of the global What Women Want campaign. She previously served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy at PATH, where she was responsible for developing and implementing PATH’s strategy for advocacy in program countries, as well as advocacy capacity-building initiatives. Kristy also served as Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Pathfinder International where she oversaw advocacy with US policymakers and capacity-building for advocacy in program countries. She helped found the Youth Health and Rights Coalition to provide a forum for the exchange of lessons learned and best practices related to improving policies and programs for young people. Kristy received her MPH in international health from Boston University School of Public Health and her BA in sociology/anthropology and women’s studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Pierre Moon, PSI

Pierre Moon works for Population Services International, based out of Washington DC, as the Director of the USAID SIFPO2 project for PSI, leading USAID service delivery programs in approximately 20 countries. Many of these programs support self-care interventions, from DMPA-SC self-injection, to HIV self-testing. Pierre also helps convene the Technical Working Group of the global Self Care Trailblazers Group.

Sylvia Wamugi, Y-ACT

Sylvia Wamugi is Deputy Director, Advocacy, Communications and Strategic Partnerships of Y-ACT (Youth in Action), a regional initiative of Amref Health Africa that aims to mentor, support and increase the capacity of youth advocates to influence youth policy and resource priorities in the areas of gender equality and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). The creative whiz ball that is constantly churning out colorful ideas for the project, Sylvia is passionate about social advocacy, communications and women’s right to health. She has over 12 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector, nine of which include leading advocacy communications in various organizations including Save the Children – Sweden, Oxfam, IPAS Africa Alliance and the Advocacy Accelerator.

Linda Weisert, CIFF

Linda Weisert, Manager – Strategic Engagement & Communications, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Linda Weisert is Manager for Strategic Engagement & Communications at CIFF. Linda has been leading CIFF’s global portfolio for adolescent sexual and reproductive health advocacy and meaningful youth engagement. She now oversees the development of CIFF’s first ever narrative and investment framework on gender equality and support to young feminist mobilisation. Linda also manages the Foundation’s external engagement in a number of platforms, including Generation Equality, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and Family Planning 2020.

Linda has worked on global health, trade and development issues for almost 15 years, including at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Development, the UN Development Programme in New York and as an EU public affairs and communications professional in Brussels. Linda has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor’s Degree in European and French politics from King’s College London and Sciences Po Paris. A German and Algerian national, she is fluent in German, French, English and Spanish.