Meet Our Team
Franccesca Cesti-Browne, MPA
Director of Finance and Operations
Franccesca Cesti-Browne has over 10 years of experience in finance, operations and contract management. She also has over 8 years of experience in program management, grant writing and business development. Franccesca holds a master’s in Public Administration from Florida International University. As the Director of Finance and Operations, she leads the team that supports the Institute’s operating functions: HR, Contracts, IT, Field Operations, Administration and Finance. Franccesca manages the Institute’s annual budget, provides leadership and strategic management to all administrative, financial, and operational functions.
Cait Davin, MA
Cait supports FACT, Passages, Learning Collaborative, and Masculinities, Faith and Peace projects. Prior to joining IRH, she interned at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems and with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, where she supported international development projects on women’s empowerment and gender equality. Cait has a BSPH in Health Promotion and Education from Kent State University and a MA in International Administration from the University of Denver.
Jamie Greenberg, MPH
Jamie Greenberg has seven years’ experience in program management, research, and technical writing for both international and domestic health projects. Prior to joining IRH, she worked on international health systems strengthening projects and conducted qualitative research on reproductive health service implementation. She has an MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and a BA in Biology and Community Health from Tufts University.
Susan Igras, MPH
Senior Technical Advisor
Susan Igras leads the Practice and Scale-up Work Stream of Passages. With over 25 years of global health experience in Africa, the Caribbean, South Asia and the U.S., she brings a unique mix of evaluation and implementation science, technical sexual and reproductive health and gender, including adolescents, and management to IRH’s work, with a keen ability to translate research and high-level concepts into practice. Committed to gender and social equity, and participatory processes leading to use of results, Susan is particularly interested in community-based programs, social change, and their relation to health systems and systems-oriented scale-up.
Rebecca Justus, MA
Rebecca has over eight years of experience working with organizations across the world to advance gender equity, social inclusion, and human rights. At IRH, she works on the Passages Project, supporting the Masculinité, Famille, et Foi intervention and the Learning Collaborative. Rebecca has a MA from the University of Sussex and a BA from Boston University.
Anjalee Kohli, MPH, PhD
Senior Research Officer
Dr. Anjalee Kohli has over a decade of international health and development experience focusing on research and practice for prevention of gender based violence, violence against children, HIV/AIDS and promoting improved mental health and resilience. Anjalee works as a Senior Research Officer, providing strategic leadership, research expertise and technical vision under the Passages Project. Anjalee received her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds an MPH. Anjalee previously worked with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.
Courtney J. McLarnon-Silk, MSc
Senior Program Officer
Courtney brings has over six years of experience in international development, coordinating and managing initiatives related to gender equality and mainstreaming, women’s rights, and women’s empowerment. At the Institute, Courtney works on the Passages project, focusing her time on project management, management of the Transforming Masculinities/Masculinite, Famille et Foi intervention, and on establishing regional Communities of to strengthen regional work on normative change for AYSRH. Courtney also manages the Institute’s ongoing work on bringing CycleTel to market. She received an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA from McGill University. Originally from Montreal, Canada, she speaks fluent French.
Bryan Shaw, PhD, MPH
Senior Research Manager
Dr. Bryan Shaw has over a decade of international health and development experience, focusing on rigorous public health research and behavior change interventions. At IRH, Bryan works as a senior research officer, largely providing strategic leadership and quality control for research studies under the Passages Project. He received his PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in International Health and also holds a MPH and MS in Applied Medical Anthropology. Bryan worked previously with Population Services International (PSI), UNICEF, and USAID.
Natacha Stevanovic-Fenn, PhD
Senior Research Officer
Natacha Stevanovic-Fenn has over a decade of gender and international development experience, focusing on rigorous qualitative research design and analysis conducted in the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), South Asia, and sub Saharan Africa. Her areas of technical expertise include: sexual and reproductive health; child marriage; gender-based violence; male engagement and masculinities; social norms; youth migration; migration-development nexus; and gender analysis. At IRH, Natacha works as a senior research officer, providing technical leadership and oversight on the conceptualization and operationalization of research projects. She received her PhD in Sociology from Columbia University, MA in Social Anthropology from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining IRH, Natacha worked with the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and UNICEF. She is a French native and she is fluent in English, Spanish and Serbian.
Catherine Tier, MAA
Catherine works on the Passages Project, supporting the development and promotion of Passages legacy products, other communication activities, and the Transforming Masculinities/Masculinité, Famille, et Foi intervention. She also supports the Learning Collaborative. Catherine has an MAA from the University of Maryland, where she studied the anthropology of health, with a focus on women’s reproductive health and decision-making.