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Martin Edlund

Chief Executive Officer

Martin Edlund is a founding member and CEO of Malaria No More. During his tenure at Malaria No More, he has implemented high-profile engagement campaigns leveraging cutting edge mobile, social, and e-commerce platforms as Chief Marketing Officer. He has been instrumental in shaping the narrative of the complex and evolving issue of malaria for leadership audiences across the globe, beginning with his work around the White House Summit on Malaria. Edlund also lived and worked in West Africa as Malaria No More’s Director of New Programs, where he helped launch innovative net distribution and education campaigns with country leadership and local partners in Senegal, Cameroon, and Chad.

Prior to joining MNM, Martin was a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Republic and Slate, among other publications, and a political consultant in Washington, D.C., specializing in online campaign strategies.

Joshua Blumenfeld

Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy

Joshua Blumenfeld is the Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy, leading the Washington, D.C. office. Josh engages with the Congress, the Administration, foreign governments, and public and private global partners to advance malaria elimination. Previously, he served in the Obama Administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Senate Affairs under Secretaries Clinton and Kerry. He also served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Chris Dodd. Josh holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, an MA in International History from the London School of Economics, and a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester.

Lianne Pimentel

Events and Special Projects Officer

Development Associate, Lianne joined Malaria No more in spring 2012. She assists the development team in donor outreach, strategy and management, as well overseeing all database needs for the organization. Prior to joining the team, Lianne worked at Right To Play USA where she worked in a development capacity. Originally from California, Lianne moved to New York after graduating from the University of San Diego with a degree in International Relations.

Kelly Fleming

Development Associate

Kelly Fleming, Development Associate at Malaria No More, assists the development team in donor outreach, strategy and management, as well overseeing all database needs for the organization. Prior to joining the team, Kelly attended The College of Saint Rose in Albany, where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Childhood Education and picked up a strong interest in African studies during her time there.

Erica Lichtenberger Vogel

Communications Manager

Erica Lichtenberger Vogel, Communications Manager at Malaria No More, focuses on fighting malaria and engaging press, partners and the public in spreading the word and raising awareness of the disease. Prior to joining the team, she worked at Porter Novelli where she represented Band-Aid, Mercedes, Timberland and many other consumer brands. While at the public relations agency, Erica also co-founded Jack + Bill, the award winning pop-up PR agency. Erica's passion for international health was sparked when she taught HIV/AIDS awareness classes in Tanzania. With southern roots in Houston, Texas, she enjoys traveling, reading, running and blogging on Buzzwords!

Kara Leene

Policy and Advocacy Manager

As the Policy and Advocacy Manager in the Washington office, Kara helps shape domestic and global malaria public policy by building relations and partnerships among international advocacy organizations, federal agencies and the private sector. She also oversees the execution of all major events, such as briefings with the Congressional Caucuses on Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, broader government briefings, and staff and Congressional Delegations. Prior to joining MNM, she spent over 5 years on Capitol Hill working for Senator Patrick Leahy, most recently as a Legislative Assistant on health, education and nutrition. Kara received a Masters of Public Policy in Social and Health Policy from George Mason University, and holds a BA from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.

Jeff Doyle

Impact Program Officer

Jeff Doyle is a Program Officer at Malaria No More, working on the organization's investments in Africa. His work primarily focuses on malaria diagnostics and treatment, in addition to supporting in-country staff. Prior to joining MNM, Jeff studied international development at the University of Virginia and worked with a number of health and education nonprofits focusing on health and education.

Sarah Doyle

Program Associate

As the Program Associate, Sarah supports Malaria No More’s interventions across Africa. Prior to joining MNM, Sarah served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Rwanda for three years, working primarily on secondary education and girls’ empowerment. During her third year with the Peace Corps, she had the opportunity to work for the Nike Foundation and DFID’s Girl Hub Rwanda, focused primarily on post-2015 development research and advocacy. She received a BA in International Studies, with a concentration in international development, and French from Johns Hopkins University.

Dena Gudaitis

Global Communications Manager

Dena has spent over 12 years learning and applying visual media, technical and story-telling skills to multi-faceted communications and media projects. She began her career in New York as a Multimedia Producer for ABC News’ Digital Media Group where she primarily produced lifestyle and political content. After nearly five years in the media industry, Dena transitioned into the international development field by working at several high-profile organizations including FHI 360 and the UN World Food Programme (WFP). She has also lived abroad in East Africa and has traveled extensively to over 25 countries. Dena earned degrees in International Broadcast Journalism & Public Affairs (M.A.) and Multimedia Design & Development (B.S) from American University in Washington, D.C.

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