The faces behind Women Thrive Worldwide.
Office of the President
In 1998, Ritu Sharma co-founded Women Thrive Worldwide with Elise Fiber Smith. Under Ritu’s leadership, Women Thrive Worldwide has put the concerns of the poorest women and girls at the center of all U.S. international assistance. An adept coalition builder, political strategist, communicator and motivational speaker, Ritu is a leading voice on international women’s issues and U.S. foreign policy.
From meetings logistics to liaising with the board, Jamie is Ritu's right-hand woman.
Emily joined Women Thrive as the Director for Global Partnerships after more than five years working with communities and grassroots organizations in Indonesia, Cameroon, and the Caribbean.
Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships
Communications and Outreach
Melanie runs a tight ship at Women Thrive HQ, where she oversees all finances and operations.
Mina Alemzadeh joined Women Thrive in October 2013. She helps keeps the trains moving for the organizational advancement team.
Policy and Government Affairs
Using her background knowledge on human rights, Chrissy is an integral member of the Policy and Government Affairs team, tackling issues from gender-based violence to girls' education.
Melissa brings deep experience within the international development community to her job at Women Thrive.
Noel works with the Women Thrive team and its partners to strengthen global education goals and improve learning for girls and boys around the world.
Elise Young has worked in the international development and policy field for over 12 years and specializes in both programmatic and policy analysis of food and agricultural security, fair trade, economic development, livelihood security, gender integration and general foreign aid reform. Follow Elise on Twitter @EliseThrive.