Victoria Baird, founder of Meridian Group International, Inc., is a marketing and communications specialist with over 40 years of experience in the private and public sectors designing, implementing and evaluating marketing, health and development programs throughout the United States, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Ms. Baird began her career working with major U.S. corporations in commercial marketing and communications programs. As Director of Marketing for Estee Lauder International, she oversaw programs in 22 countries in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Ms. Baird’s experience in packaged-goods marketing, new product development and advertising comes from senior positions with Ted Bates International, Grey Advertising, and J. Walter Thompson. Her clients included Colgate-Palmolive Company, Revlon International, Lever Brothers and Pan American World Airways. In 1984, Ms. Baird moved into global development and health. For 10 years, Ms. Baird was Director/Deputy Director for the United States Agency for International Development’s largest reproductive health social marketing contract (the Somarc Project), where she was managed marketing, communication and research activities for programs in 31 countries. In 1997, Ms. Baird founded Meridian, which specializes in forming innovative health and workplace programs in partnership with the private sector.
David Wofford is the VP for Public-Private Partnerships and had helped lead Meridian’s engagement with corporate and civil society partners. He currently implements the RAISE Health Initiative, which improves the health of women and men factory and agriculture workers in developing countries through changes in global and corporate policies and workplace practices. RAISE Health is a major activity under the USAID-funded Evidence Project, managed by the Population Council. At RAISE, he has negotiated partnerships to advance worker health with such organizations as Business for Social Responsibility, Levi Strauss & Co., Bayer Pharmaceuticals, HRA Pharma and the ILO’s Better Work programme as well as developed collaborations with the UN Global Compact and the UN Foundation. Previously, David worked at the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank, where he provided strategic and communications support on the Doing Business report and the launch of its revised Social and Environmental Performance Standards. He has also served in senior positions in the U.S. Government, including the White House and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an agency that supports investments by American companies in developing countries.
Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
Ms. Cindi Cisek is a Senior Manager at Meridian Group International with more than 25 years of experience in social marketing, communications and public-private partnerships. Ms. Cisek has worked in over 25 countries worked with all social marketing models, and most recently worked closely with USAID’s global partnership with Bayer HealthCare on their 2nd Tier marketing model. She has been a thought-leader on sustainability and private sector engagement. During the last ten years, Ms. Cisek has also focused increasingly on public-private partnerships and has developed and negotiated partnerships with major multinationals, including Johnson & Johnson, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Kimberly Clark. She has led Meridian’s country-level work focuses on worker health and employer-based initiatives, including Guatemala, India, Uganda, Tanzania, and Bangladesh.
Suzanne Brockman, RN is a public health professional with over fifteen years experience in quality improvement, clinical operations, and program management. Suzanne has supported many NGOs and USAID projects on international health issues, as a Technical Advisor and Program Manager. In her hometown of Baltimore, Suzanne served as Assistant Medical Director for a large community health system, and ran a statewide pharmacy assistance program. Suzanne holds degrees from Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and Case Western Reserve. She is a Registered Nurse and has been an instructor at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She has worked on the RAISE Health Initiative for Workers, Companies and Communities since 2012.
Carolyn Rodehau serves as the Deputy Program Manager for Meridian’s workplace health programs and policy activities. In this capacity, Ms. Rodehau supports managing USAID-funded project activities and public-private partnerships focused on advancing policy change around corporate policies, practices and programs that expand worker access to health and family planning in developing countries. Prior to joining Meridian, she served as the Program Manager for the Health and Nutrition Global Initiative at Save the Children (SC), which ensures the delivery of quality programming across SC’s global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) portfolio through technical capacity strengthening,communications, and knowledge management activities targeting the organization’s seven regional offices and 48 country offices. Ms. Rodehau holds a B.A. in Law and Society from American University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Global Health from John Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently pursuing a MSc. in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Senior Manager for Policy
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Bunmey Yat, has taken up the Senior Manager for Policy position for WorkerHealth Coalition Project, a 5-year USAID Cambodia initiative working with female factory workers and garment industry stakeholders in Cambodia. Ms. Yat officially assumed this position in September 2015. Her work focuses primarily on improving the enabling policy environment for workers to access quality health providers and services. She is the key person leading the engagement and management of relationships with a range of garment sector stakeholders as well as the Cambodian Ministries. Ms. Yat brought to Meridian Group International and Evidence Project of Population Council her extensive experience at the strategic/policy level from the United Nations. She was a key national coordinator at the United Nations Coordination Office in Cambodia supporting the effective planning and coordination of the UN agencies in Cambodia, stakeholders’ engagement, substantive preparation and coordination of the implementation of the United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks. Prior to joining the United Nations Coordination Office, Ms. Yat worked with other multi-sectoral agencies and NGO like the Asian Development Bank, the World Food Programme, and Oxfam America. Ms. Yat holds a Master of Business Administration from Pannasastra University. She is a national of Cambodian.