Meet the Team
Lucy Martinez Sullivan
Lucy Martinez Sullivan is Executive Director of 1,000 Days, an initiative launched by the U.S. and Irish Governments in 2010 to promote greater action and investment in maternal and young child nutrition, particularly during the 1,000 days between a woman’s pregnancy and her child’s second birthday when good nutrition can have a life-changing impact on a child’s ability to grow, learn and thrive. Under Lucy’s leadership, 1,000 Days has aligned and mobilized advocates, thought-leaders, policymakers and a network of over 80 partners to improve nutrition for women and children around the world.
Prior to 1,000 Days, Lucy worked in the private sector. Most recently, she was Executive Director at CCS, a management consulting firm that provides counsel to non-profit institutions and civil society organizations on issues of strategy and philanthropy. Lucy’s clients included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Action Against Hunger. Previously, Lucy held management positions at a number of Fortune 500 companies, including Merrill Lynch, L’Oréal, and Limited Brands.
Lucy holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Arts with distinction from the University of Florida. She resides in Washington DC with her husband and two daughters, both of whom are under 1,000 days old.
Andrea Beegle is the Campaign Deputy at 1,000 Days. Her passion and experience is to connect people to some of the world’s most pressing challenges in fun and impactful ways. Andrea joins 1,000 Days after working at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to build public support for maternal and child nutrition through the Future Fortified campaign.
Prior to entering the nutrition community, Andrea worked at the United Nations Foundation where she managed marketing partnerships for the Nothing But Nets campaign, a grassroots fundraising and advocacy campaign to prevent malaria in Africa. Andrea has also worked in sustainable tourism through the UN Foundation and National Geographic’s Traveler magazine and their Center for Sustainable Destinations. Andrea holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of California, Berkeley where she focused on the fusion between popular culture and charity. Her love for international issues was also solidified while studying abroad through the Semester at Sea program.
Outreach & Operations Associate
Rujuta Gandhi is the Outreach & Operations Associate at 1,000 Days, where she recently completed a Fellowship. Prior to joining the team, she assisted Relief International’s Communications and Philanthropy Department and served as an editor for The Generation, an online foreign affairs magazine. She has also volunteered at the American Red Cross of Greater Los Angeles to provide support to the newly formed Grants Management department, and the Van Nuys Courthouse in Los Angeles County to assist under- and self-represented litigants with legal paperwork and related inquiries.
Rujuta holds a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she wrote her thesis on food security in post-disaster countries. She has traveled extensively through India and Western Europe. She is skilled in several languages, including Gujarati, French, Spanish, Hindi, and Urdu.
Yesenia is the Communications Manager at 1,000 Days. Previously, she worked as a Program Associate for the Alliance to End Hunger, an organization that engages diverse institutions in building the public and political will to end hunger. Yesenia first entered the communications field during the 2004 presidential election cycle when she helped run a boutique Hispanic political-communications firm. From 2003-2004, she served as an Emerson National Hunger Fellow at the Children’s Alliance in Seattle, WA and the National Council of La Raza in Washington, DC.
Yesenia holds a Masters of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. She serves on the board of Bread for the World.
Adrianna Logalbo is spearheading 1,000 Days’ efforts to build a public constituency for maternal and child nutrition. Adrianna brings nearly a decade of experience in engaging communities “outside the beltway” on some of the world’s most pressing global challenges, from malaria to malnutrition.
Prior to joining 1,000 Days, Adrianna led the UN Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign, serving as the Executive Director of the global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and mobilize resources to prevent malaria in Africa. Adrianna led the successful campaign to over $35 million dollars raised, managing over 20 national partners and more than 100,000 supporters. Most recently, Adrianna built the Future Fortified campaign at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) to provide innovative and easy ways for individuals, businesses and organizations to take action to address the global nutrition challenge. In its first year, the Future Fortified campaign built a community of over 35,000 supporters.
Adrianna is a graduate from Middlebury College with a joint degree in Sociology-Anthropology and Geography. Her international experience includes living in both East and West Africa and traveling throughout the continent with high-level partner and celebrity missions.
Nutrition Policy Analyst
Rebecca Olson is the Nutrition Policy Analyst at 1,000 Days. Rebecca previously worked with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and CARE in Mozambique, where she conducted nutrition and HIV/AIDS program implementation and monitoring. Rebecca has spent significant time living and working in Brazil, Kenya and India, including working as Program Director for a non-profit in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, aimed at improving the health and educational performance of impoverished youth and Bolsa Familia beneficiaries. She also worked for Minneapolis based non-profit Project for Pride in Living on public policy and advocacy in the areas of health, housing and immigration.
Rebecca holds a Master in Public Policy and graduate certificate in Human Rights and Health from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Iowa. She is currently enrolled in the Delivery Science for International Nutrition online certificate program at the Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy.
Director of Policy & Partnerships
Jennifer Rigg is Director of Policy & Partnerships at 1,000 Days. Previously, Jennifer worked at Save the Children on public policy and advocacy, where she led advocacy on nutrition and food security, livelihoods, foreign aid reform, early childhood development and education. As an InterAction Food Security Working Group Co-Chair at that time, she helped organize the 1,000 Days launch in 2010. Jennifer serves on the Roadmap to End Global Hunger Steering Group. She has also worked with CARE, United Way Worldwide, Agros International and the American Friends Service Committee. Earlier in her career, Jennifer served as an Americorps*VISTA with TeamTECH, an innovative public-private partnership to build the technology capacity of nonprofit organizations.
Jennifer holds a Master in Public Administration and graduate certificate in International Development Policy and Management from the University of Washington, certificate in Leadership and Nonprofit Management from the University of Washington/Learning Institute for Nonprofits, and a B.A. in International Studies/Political Science from Emory University.
Director of Advocacy & Outreach
Mannik Sakayan is Director of Advocacy and Outreach at 1,000 Days. She has extensive experience working on both foreign and domestic policy issues on and off Capitol Hill.
Prior to joining 1,000 Days, Mannik served as Deputy Director of Government Relations at Bread for the World, where she led advocacy to end global and domestic hunger and poverty. She has worked within a broad range of coalitions to build congressional support for U.S. investments in cost-effective and life-saving global food security and nutrition programs, aid effectiveness, and trade and economic growth policies. Earlier in her career, Mannik served as a senior foreign policy aide in the U.S. House of Representatives.
At 1,000 Days, she leads efforts to engage congressional champions of global nutrition to advance U.S. policy and funding for maternal and child nutrition during the critical 1,000 day window of opportunity.
Mannik holds a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
The 1,000 Days Steering Group
Acting Special Representative, Office of Global Food Security, U.S. Department of State
Mr. Shrier is responsible for coordinating all aspects of U.S. diplomacy related to food security and nutrition, including in support of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. The Special Representative is part of the interagency leadership of the government-wide Presidential Initiative, serving concurrently as Deputy Coordinator for Diplomacy for Feed the Future.
He leads diplomatic efforts to advance the U.S. global hunger and food security initiative, with a particular focus on major donor and strategic partner countries as well as multilateral institutions such as the G8 and G20. Mr. Shrier came to the State Department’s Office of the Global Food Security from the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff.
Mr. Shrier has earned degrees from the National Defense University (M.S. in National Security Resource Strategy), University of London (M.B.A. in International Management), London School of Economics (MSc in International Relations), and Dartmouth (A.B. in Government). His languages include Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, French, and Spanish.
President and CEO, Helen Keller International
Kathy Spahn, President and Chief Executive Officer of Helen Keller International, is responsible for all operations, programs, finances, communications and public policy initiatives of HKI. Ms. Spahn works closely with the Board of Trustees, global leaders in public health, staff members throughout the agency, partner organizations, and HKI supporters in carrying out her responsibilities.
Prior to joining HKI, Ms. Spahn was President and Executive Director of ORBIS, a global non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of blindness in the developing world. As President and Executive Director, she provided overall direction and management for this $30 million organization with four affiliates and five country programs, and a medical volunteer corps of 370. Prior to her work with ORBIS, she was Executive Director of God’s Love We Deliver, a New York-based AIDS service organization dedicated to combating malnutrition and hunger among people living with HIV/AIDS.
Ms. Spahn serves as Chair of the board of directors of InterAction. She is also a member of the boards of directors of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and The Bernadotte Foundation for Children’s Eyecare. She is a Founding Board member of both the North America chapter of IAPB and the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies (ANSA), and a founding partner of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control. She also serves on the Partnership Council of GAIN and on the 2020 and Strategic Advisory Council of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). She joined HKI in March 2005 and is located at headquarters in New York City.
Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Neil Watkins is a Program Officer in the Program Advocacy team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he focuses on nutrition and agriculture. Mr. Watkins manages a portfolio of grants for nutrition and agriculture advocacy and recently led the development of the foundation’s first nutrition advocacy strategy. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation in October 2012, he served as Director of Policy and Campaigns at ActionAid USA, an international anti-poverty agency working in nearly 50 countries.
President and CEO, InterAction
Sam Worthington is President and CEO of InterAction, the nation’s largest alliance of US-based nongovernmental organizations working overseas. With over forty working groups, InterAction leads, supports, and mobilizes its members to take collective action, improve the impact of their programs, increase their global reach, and advocate for efforts that advance human well-being around the world. Mr. Worthington has represented U.S. NGOs and their programs before the Congress, the administration, and the media.
Previously, he served from 1994 to 2006 as Chief Executive Officer of Plan USA, a global development NGO. Mr. Worthington also sat on Plan’s global executive management team and chaired Plan’s national CEO team. Among various advisory roles for the United Nations and U.S. Government he serves on the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) at the UN, Advisory Council for Voluntary Foreign Assistance at USAID, Council on Foreign Relations, and the boards of the Alliance to End Hunger, CIVICUS, and Religions for Peace. Mr. Worthington was a founding board member of the ONE Campaign, chaired the global NGO Impact Initiative on behalf of the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery (President Clinton), and served on the steering committee of the NGO Leadership Forum at Harvard University. He was Fulbright scholar at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva.
Director, U.S. Office of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Karen Ziffer is the Director of the US Office of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). The mission of GAIN is to reduce malnutrition through sustainable strategies aimed at improving the health and nutrition of populations at risk. GAIN supports public-private partnerships to increase access to the missing nutrients in diets necessary for people, communities and economies to be stronger and healthier. As Director of the US Office, Ms. Ziffer develops and executes the US Office strategy in support of GAIN’s overall strategic objectives. Specifically, she supports GAIN’s policy, advocacy and communications goals by building awareness and influencing key constituencies in the US and representing the organization externally. Ms. Ziffer also leads partnership development and resource mobilization efforts in the US.
Prior to GAIN, Ms. Ziffer dedicated 22 years helping grow Conservation International (CI) from a small organization, to a global leader in environmental conservation and sustainable development. Initially, she spearheaded the creation of CI’s work in microenterprises, which sought to support local communities while protecting critical natural areas. Later, Ms. Ziffer joined CI’s senior management team and served in various capacities, including as the head of Development and Communications and finally as Senior Vice President of Organizational Strategy. Before joining CI, Ms. Ziffer worked as a research analyst for the management consulting firm Strategic Planning Associates. She earned her MBA from Stanford University and her BA in International Relations and Economics from Brown University.