Meet The Team
Seema Jalan, Executive Director, Universal Access Project
Seema Jalan is the Executive Director of the United Nations Foundation's Universal Access Project, a multi-stakeholder initiative of philanthropists, advocates and companies striving for a world where all people can realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Seema has almost 20 years of experience promoting gender equity and girls’ and women’s health and human rights globally; and serves on the Board of the Funders for Reproductive Equity and as a Leadership Liaison to the nonprofit funders’ group Rachel’s Network. Seema previously led Women Thrive Worldwide’s global policy portfolio, where she was instrumental in contributing to the adoption of the first-ever U.S. government strategy to address violence against girls and women globally, announced by President Obama in 2012; and USAID’s comprehensive gender policy. Seema has worked with the International Institute of Rural Reconstruction in Ethiopia, Women for Afghan Women and the United Nations. She supported U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney’s efforts to address the wage gap and gender inequity in the workplace. As an expert on sexual and reproductive health and rights, Seema is frequently quoted in top-tier media outlets including Slate, Foreign Policy, CNN, NBC, and Vice. She also routinely provides commentary on these topics in her Medium series and as a contributor to The Huffington Post, CNN, and The Hill.
Seema received her Master’s Degree in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University and a B.A. in Mathematics from New York University.
David Wofford, Senior Director, Private Sector Action for Women's Health and Empowerment Initiative
David Wofford is the Senior Director of the Private Sector Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment Initiative housed by the United Nations Foundation's Universal Access Project. This initiative is working with companies, suppliers and NGOs on corporate commitments to expand the access of women workers to programs services and information on reproductive health, protections against violence and harassment, and economic empowerment.
David brings more than 20 years’ experience on policies and programs to improve workplace health for women and men workers and promote systemic change at the global and workplace levels. As a vice president at Meridian Group International, Inc., he has implemented women’s health initiatives for a range of USAID-funded global and country projects, ranging from Haiti to Egypt, Kenya and Tanzania, to Bangladesh, Cambodia and the Philippines. David has partnered on worker health projects with organizations like Business for Social Responsibility, Levi Strauss & Co., Bayer Pharmaceuticals, the Better Work program and the UN Foundation. Previously, he worked at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, and held senior positions in the U.S. Government, including the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the White House.
A graduate of Duke University, he has a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Justine Desmarais, Director of Partnerships and Operations, Universal Access Project
Justine Desmarais is the Director of Partnerships and Operations for the United Nations Foundation's Universal Access Project and has over 20 years of experience in domestic and global public health and human rights.
Justine loves working with passionate people who are committed to making the world a better place. At the UN Foundation, she shepherds financial and technical support to advocates for global sexual and reproductive health and rights who are fighting to ensure that every girl and woman can exercise her right to plan her family and her future. Before joining UAP in 2011, Justine served as the Women’s and Perinatal Health Program Director at the Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs in Washington, DC, where she led a federally supported training and advocacy program for state MCH and family health directors. Justine served as a Peace Corps volunteer in rural El Salvador following that nation’s decade-long civil war, and more recently, helped found Women of Peace Corps Legacy, a small 501c3 that promotes lifelong public service for women’s and girls’ empowerment.
She holds a B.A. in sociology and women’s studies from Smith College and earned her MPH in global health from Yale University. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two sons.
Kate D'Amico Schulman, Senior Communications Manager, Universal Access Project
Kate Schulman is the Senior Communications Manager for the United Nations Foundation’s Universal Access Project. In this role, Kate leads strategic communications planning and implementation, including top-tier media engagement, issue messaging, and multi-platform content development, to support the Project’s goal of empowering girls and women by improving their access to reproductive health and family planning services globally.
Before joining the Universal Access Project in 2017, Kate was part of the Public & Corporate Affairs team at Ketchum, a leading global public relations agency, where she specialized in public affairs, issues management and media relations for a range of corporate, government and trade association clients. Prior to joining Ketchum, Kate worked on the public affairs team at the strategic communications firm LEVICK, where she supported high-profile clients in litigation, crisis and financial matters.
Kate holds a B.A. in Communications from Virginia Tech. For media inquiries, Kate can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Shriya Bhattacharya, Program Associate, Universal Access Project
Shriya Bhattacharya is a Program Associate for the United Nations Foundation’s Universal Access Project, an initiative created to advocate for U.S leadership on global reproductive and sexual health and rights. Shriya’s role encompasses a wide range of duties in UAP’s focus areas of communications, advocacy, and the Private Sector Action for Women’s Health and Empowerment Initiative, which works with global companies to implement worker health and well-being programs for female employees working in global supply chains.
Shriya joined the United Nations Foundation after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia with a B.A in International Relations and a minor in dance. While in college, she interned at a variety of non-profit organizations and political think tanks that include The Carter Center, the Global Governance Institute, and The Kyle House Group. She has lived in the United States, India, and Belgium and speaks fluent English, Bengali, and Hindi and is conversational in French.
In her free time, Shriya likes to take dance classes, join in outdoor adventure sports with friends, and explore the many museums D.C. has to offer.
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