Who We Are
Clarence Edwards, Consultant at GlobalPDX
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Clarence Edwards is a public policy and social impact strategist with more twenty years of experience in international policy and global development. Most recently, he served as the Senior Advisor for International Development Policy for the Australian Embassy in Washington DC.
As a policy advocate, Clarence worked to increase funding for neglected tropical diseases, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programs on behalf of non-profit organizations, including the Albert Sabin Vaccine Institute, Bono and the ONE Campaign, Humanity United and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. His career also includes managing the congressional program for the Council on Foreign Relations and serving at the US Department of State, where he managed international media relations as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration.
Clarence has previously been named an Aspen Environmental Forum Scholar and a future leader by both the Atlantik-Brucke and the German Marshall Fund. Early in his career, he pursued photojournalism and, as an amateur photographer, shot Grand Prix races in Europe. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Jennifer Miller, Communications Coordinator at GlobalPDX
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Jennifer Miller serves as the Communications Coordinator at GlobalPDX and delights in uniting her love of Portland with her passion for global development. Jennifer has visited 26 countries and lived in Australia, Morocco, and most recently Mongolia where she completed her two year Peace Corps service in the small rural village of Khovd. It was in her beloved tent, while making fires to keep the Mongolian winter at bay, that Jennifer developed a deep respect for the passion behind development organizations, and a better understanding of the communities that these organizations strive to assist. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs from Occidental College, along with a minor in Religious Studies.
Andrea Johnson, Executive Director at Green Empowerment, Chair of GlobalPDX Steering Committee
Andrea Johnson is the GlobalPDX Steering Committee Chair. Andrea combines her experience in international community development, environmental conservation, organizational management and clean energy to advance Green Empowerment’s mission and impact. She got her start in international work in Ecuador, where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and trainer. She extended her stay to work with the Ceiba Foundation, Conservation International and the Ministry of Environment to implement SocioBosque – a REDD+ program that offers payments to landowners to guarantee its conservation over 20 years. After almost four years living in bamboo hut in coastal Ecuador, Andrea landed in Portland where she worked for the Citizens’ Utility Board of Oregon. She later worked as a Program Manager at CLEAResult Consulting where she managed a large-scale residential energy efficiency program. Andrea joined Green Empowerment in early 2016 and she loves that it allows her to continue to live in the great city of Portland while following her passion for community empowerment internationally.
David Bangsberg, MD, MPH, Founding Dean of the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
David is a former Professor at Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. His work was described by President Bill Clinton as the “nail in the coffin” on the debate as to whether HIV-infected people in sub- Saharan Africa would adhere to antiretroviral medications and neutralized the major criticism to providing multinational funding for global HIV treatment. As Director of Massachusetts General Hospital Global Health, he brought together the expertise of Harvard and MIT to improve physical, mental, social and economic health to the poorest regions of the world in several signature areas, including: HIV care, disaster response, cancer care, and medical technology innovation. He received the Clifford Barger Mentoring Award, given annually to 5 of the 12,000 Harvard Medical School Faculty. He has raised over $70 million dollars to advance public health, was the second highest NIH HIV/AIDS RO-1 funded investigator worldwide in 2008, and has helped over 25 junior investigators secure NIH funding. He is a member of the Association of American Physicians.
Megan McMorran, Director of Community Engagement and the Mercy Corps Action Center
Jennifer Petro, Senior Operations Advisor, Medical Teams International
Jennifer Petro, MPH, Medical Teams International (MTI) - since cutting her teeth overseas as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Solomon Islands, "JP" has spent the last 18 years working for INGOs as well as USAID and CDC on three continents. She has managed public health services in refugee camps in Guinea, directed HIV/AIDS response for several INGOs in Namibia, Botswana and Ethiopia, coordinated INGO operations in over 10 countries, and led public outreach for USAID programs in Serbia. She joined MTI in 2017 as their Senior Operations Advisor.