Alana Kolundzija

Senior Director, Strategic Planning & Corporate Affairs

MPH, Columbia University, New York, NY BS, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

Alana Kolundzija works at the intersection of public health, empowerment of women and girls, and reproductive justice.  She applies an intersectional feminist approach to asset-based community development and results-based accountability with a focus on equity and gender transformative approaches.

In her role as the Director of Strategic Planning & Corporate Affairs at CenRID, Alana provides vision and leadership for the team’s approach to childhood education and gender programming; ensuring optimal execution, management and strategic partner engagement to achieve high quality results.

Alana has 15 years of experience collaborating with international bilateral donors, private foundations, UN agencies, private companies, and leading NGOs.  Alana holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health from the Department of Socioeconomic Sciences.  She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

We are an ambitious and dynamic team of public health and development practitioners eager to develop new tools, knowledge, ideas, and methods to improve lives across the globe.

The Center for Research & International Development (CenRID)  is a global nonprofit organization based in New York, NY that focuses on development research and project implementation.
Our purpose is to implement evidence-based interventions and conduct high-quality research aimed at discovering new knowledge to improve the education and healthcare delivery and access for vulnerable populations.

Our Mission

Our Vision

To use data driven research to improve healthcare delivery and access, and education for vulnerable populations and communities.
CenRID​​ envisions a world where everyone attains the right to a high quality of life.


Honesty and integrity are the nucleus of our identity. They are the foundation of every successful and impactful intervention we implement. We remain steadfast to doing the right thing for the individuals and communities with which we work, and ensuring that our research methods and program interventions adhere to the highest ethical standards.


We are transparent and we expect to be held accountable by the communities we serve and our donors; it is how we earn their trust.   We will always take responsibility for our actions and address any missteps. We are an ambitious organization and we will learn as we grow.


We conduct a readiness assessment prior to each program or intervention. This implementation approach enables us to develop an intervention strategy that is reflective of the priority needs, concerns, and views of the community, which in turn empowers the community to take ownership of program or intervention


We believe effective teamwork and collaboration maximizes each partner's expertise and capabilities, and thus drives positive results.


We enthusiastically pursue innovative knowledge, ideas, tools, and methods that would catalyze the achievement of our project goals.

respect & cultural sensitivity

Our goal is to modify behaviors, not cultures. We strive to ensure that our program delivery methods are culturally compatible.      

Our dedicated leadership team is made up of experts who are committed to our mission and vision.