Shannon Kowalski

YC Member 2003 – 2007

From Australia/USA

Shannon is currently a Program Officer at the Open Society Institute, where she works to strengthen the involvement of civil society in the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria’s governance and program implementation. She is a member of the delegation representing Private Foundations on the Global Fund’s Board of Directors and serves on the Partnership Forum Steering Committee. At OSI, she is currently leading an initiative to increase the flow of Global Fund resources to meet women’s and girls’ HIV prevention, treatment, care and support needs, including increased access to sexual and reproductive health services and information. Before joining OSI, she was Program Officer for Global Advocacy at Family Care International where she advocated for policies that protect women’s and young people’s sexual and reproductive rights at the international and regional levels. Prior to that, she worked as an International Program Assistant at the Center for Reproductive Rights. She holds a BA, summa cum laude, in human rights and international development from Hunter College, the City University of New York and is studying for a Masters in Public Administration in Health Policy and Management (International) at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. Being a member of the YC changed her life by giving her the skills, experience and confidence to be an advocate and leader.