Program Office

The Health Campaign Effectiveness Coalition’s program office is located at The Task Force for Global Health. The team guides the Coalition towards its strategic objectives by supporting management, coordination and communication, and facilitates implementation research and knowledge management collaboration with Coalition members.

Kristin Saarlas Director

Kristin Saarlas, ScD, MPH

Director

Kristin Saarlas serves as the Director where she provides strategic oversight and technical direction to the Coalition. Kris returned to The Task Force in December 2019 after 9 years with USAID working as a Sr. Evaluation Advisor based in Jerusalem, Washington D.C. and Ethiopia and as the East Africa Regional Advisor for the U.S. Peace Corps, also based in Ethiopia. From 1994-2007, Kris worked at The Task Force as the Deputy Director of the All Kids Count Program and Public Health Informatics Institute.  Previously, she was at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention working on the Combating Childhood Communicable Diseases Program and began her public health career working on Guinea Worm eradication as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin. Kris holds a ScD in health systems management and MPH in international health from Tulane University and a BA in international relations from Michigan State University.

Eva Bazant

Eva Bazant, DrPH, MPH

Sr. Associate Director, Implementation Research

Eva Bazant works with the Coalition to develop and implement a learning and research agenda on campaign effectiveness and integration. Eva is an applied program evaluator and mixed-methods researcher with 20+ years of global health experience. Previously, at Jhpiego, she served as Research Team Lead and Sr. Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Advisor, collaborating with multi-disciplinary teams working in maternal and newborn health, reproductive health/family planning, HIV and cervical cancer prevention, care and service demand, gender and disability services, mainly in Sub-Saharan Africa. While at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, Eva advised programs in sexual and reproductive health and rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds doctoral and masters of public health degrees from Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University, is fluent in French and Spanish, and has co-authored 40+ peer-reviewed articles and reports for international development agencies and sponsors.

Leah Wyatt

Leah Denise Wyatt, MSc

Sr. Associate Coalition Director

Leah Denise Wyatt plans, facilitates, and leads strategic development for the Coalition, serving as a liaison to Coalition members and partners. Leah has over 18 years of experience in strategic learning and communication. Her work has focused on knowledge network design, collaboration, communication, and facilitating evidence-based dialogue and action planning. She comes to The Task Force after spending over five years with USAID serving as a Learning Advisor in Washington, DC and Kampala, Uganda. Previously, Leah led knowledge management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in service to a USAID-funded cooperative agreement. Leah holds a Master of Science degree in Information and Knowledge Strategy from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

Allison Snyder

Allison Snyder, MPH

Project Manager

Allison Snyder is the project manager for the Coalition. In this role she provides support, management, and strategic planning and guidance for the program and the coalition. She joined the Coalition in 2020, after 4 years serving in a management and support role within The Task Force’s Neglected Tropical Diseases Support Center, the secretariat for the Coalition for Operational Research on Neglected Tropical Diseases (COR-NTD). Allison has broad domestic and global health and development experience, including 3 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda, leading health education initiatives, providing program design and implementation support and leading project and portfolio management. Allison holds a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from Florida State University and a Master of Public Health from Emory University.