MS, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA BS, University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Deanna Smith has been a resident of Malawi for the past seven years managing diverse public health projects, budgets and monitoring and evaluation systems. She has worked with both indigenous and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as well as donors such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She specializes in areas of public health, development, data analysis, youth and gender initiatives. Deanna has managed multi-million dollar PEPFAR (President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) funded initiatives and helped ensure their success. From 2016 to 2018 she worked on the globally recognized DREAMS (Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS Free, Mentored, Safe) program in Malawi focused on reducing new HIV infections among adolescent girls and young women through an evidence-based and multi-faceted approach.
Deanna currently serves as a board member for HeR Liberty in Malawi providing strategic insight and direction to the program. In her free time she regularly mentors adolescent girls in the greater Lilongwe area as well as acts as a facilitator for an annual youth leadership conference.
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