Arkia Rene

Arkia Rene is the Development Specialist at Grantmakers in Health (GIH). Prior to coming to GIH, she was the Finance Assistant and Billing Specialist at Samaritan Inns, an addiction treatment center in Washington, DC. She also worked at the National Breast Cancer Coalition as a Direct Mail and Database Coordinator for the Development Department. She…

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Arpita Jindani, MSW, MA

Arpita Jindani is the Senior Program Director of Health Equity at Grantmakers In Health (GIH), responsible for health equity and DEI programs. Prior to joining GIH, she worked at the Rutgers Global Health Institute and led the development of the institute’s COVID-19 equity program across multiple cities in New Jersey. Before that, Arpita worked for…

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Jill Shumann, MA, MHS

Jill Shumann is the Vice President for Programming at Grantmakers In Health, overseeing implementation of the strategic plan, program development and management, and innovative growth initiatives. Prior to joining GIH, Jill was National Director in the Office of Strategy and Impact at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), overseeing youth and young adult and…

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Cecilia Amor Kramer, MPH

Cecilia Amor Kramer is the Director of Development at Grantmakers in Health (GIH). Prior to coming to GIH, she was the Director of Development and Communications at Samaritan Inns, a treatment and recovery provider for the homeless in the District of Columbia. Kramer has over 25 years of experience in fund development, primarily in the…

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Miranda Wesley

Miranda Wesley is the Communications Specialist at Grantmakers In Health (GIH), responsible for supporting communication initiatives. Prior to joining GIH, Ms. Wesley interned at Vital Strategies where she supported the PR and Digital Departments in the Policy Advocacy & Communication Division. She previously led communications and advocacy regarding COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and equity for the…

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Elena Anderson

Elena Anderson is the Director of Finance and Operations at Grantmakers In Health (GIH), where she is responsible for overseeing all operational, financial accounting, reporting, and compliance matters. Prior to joining GIH, Ms. Anderson served as the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer of APIA Scholars/Gates Millennium Scholars. In this role, she played a pivotal part…

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Jeff Barrus

Jeff Barrus is the Communications Director at Grantmakers in Health (GIH), responsible for leading all external communications initiatives. Prior to joining GIH, Mr. Barrus was Communications Director at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, where he led communications on a wide range of journalism and education initiatives. While at the Pulitzer Center, he was part…

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Samantha Ostenso

Samantha Ostenso is a Program Assistant at Grantmakers In Health (GIH), responsible for supporting the work of several program directors. Prior to joining GIH, Ms. Ostenso was an Executive Assistant at the Kahle/Austin Foundation in San Francisco, where she supported events, managed administrative functions, and spearheaded a major archival project. Previously, she was an intern…

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Cara V. James, PhD

Cara James is President and CEO at Grantmakers In Health (GIH). Prior to joining GIH, she served as Director of the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) where she provided leadership, vision, and direction to advance the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and CMS goals related…

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Monique Jackson

Monique Jackson, Program Assistant at Grantmakers In Health (GIH), is responsible for supporting the work of several program directors. Prior to joining GIH, Ms. Jackson was an Executive Assistant, providing administrative support to top corporate executives, boards, and committees of leading companies in the various sectors of public affairs, health care, pharmaceuticals, and broadcast media….

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