Kia Guarino joined the Global Policy & Advocacy team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) in January 2017 and is currently Program Officer for Family Planning on Program Advocacy & Communications. Prior to BMGF, Kia consulted in Washington, D.C. with Albright Stonebridge Group on Health and Life Sciences and was the Director of Policy & Sustainability at a boutique firm focused on human rights in global corporate supply chains. In 2015, Kia joined the BMGF Polio team as a graduate intern focused on innovative methodologies using satellite imaging to inform population data denominators. In addition, she co-authored and published a systematic analysis on the relationship between violence/political uncertainty and delayed polio eradication.
Previously, Kia worked with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) on Human Resources for Health in partnership with the Rwandan and Liberian governments. From 2010-13, she was Program Manager for Africa with Operation Smile, based in the region and working across Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, the DRC, Rwanda, Namibia, Malawi, and South
Africa. Kia holds a MSPH in Global Health, International Health Systems from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and a MA in International Development and Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with a minor focus on Social Entrepreneurship and Business
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