Janet Sawaya, deputy director, Strategy, Planning, and Management leads the strategy, financial, and operational activities for the Nutrition and Maternal, Newborn & Child Health teams.
Prior to joining the foundation in 2006, Janet focused on achieving development outcomes by improving governance and civil society in developing countries. She previously focused on improving women’s participation in political decision-making as the executive director for Women’s Campaign International; improved parliamentary committees and their relationships with civil society for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs in Malawi; and focused on mitigating conflict in Indonesia’s restive provinces as the country program manager for the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives in Indonesia. She also served as civil society program manager for Mercy Corps both in Indonesia and the U.S. for a number of years and as finance officer and information officer for Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau.
Janet began her career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia. She speaks Indonesian and German and received her B.A. in political economy from Evergreen State College and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.