Headquarters Team
Project Staff
Senior Advisors
History

Headquarters team

Marcia Griffiths

President

Marcia Griffiths, MSc, is known for her field work, technical expertise, and innovative programming in applied nutrition and social marketing. Her career includes over 35 years of program management and technical assistance work in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Ms. Griffiths has served as a senior advisor in communications, social marketing, and behavior change for numerous USAID, World Bank, and developing country government projects. She began her career with The Manoff Group 30 years ago as director of technical assistance for the Government of Indonesia's ground-breaking Nutrition Communication and Behavior Change Project. She later served as director of the Weaning Project, where she developed an integrated package of child health interventions called community-based growth promotion (CBGP) that has been adopted by over a dozen countries. Her experience incorporating behavioral issues in program design grew into Behavior-Centered ProgrammingSM, a standardized approach to the design process. She also pioneered Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs), an action research methodology for "test marketing" health practices for feasibility. Ms. Griffiths has published extensively, including the World Bank's Promoting the Growth of Children: What Works, WHO's IMCI Nutrition Guide and Designing by Dialogue: Consultative Research for Improving Young Child Feeding. She speaks fluent Spanish and Bahasa Indonesia.

Neha Shah

Vice President

Neha Shah, MBA, is an expert in the fields of strategic planning,

institutional strengthening, financial sustainability, monitoring and evaluation, project management and marketing with over eight years of experience working for nongovernmental organizations and five years in the private sector. She has worked in countries such as Colombia, Bolivia, India and the United States, and is fluent in Spanish.

Melissa Antal

Community Program Specialist

Melissa Antal, MPH, is particularly interested in the intersection of agriculture and nutrition at the household level.  At the Manoff Group she supports nutrition, and social and behavior change programming in bilateral and global projects. Her current research focuses on motivations underlying men’s food purchasing behavior and couples’ decision making regarding homestead food production in Bangladesh.  She joined the Manoff Group after working with the World Food Programme, most recently in Uganda on food security and agriculture programming.  She previously worked as a Nutrition Policy Officer in WFP’s Executive Directors Office and for REACH, an UN interagency team to end child hunger.

Lydia Clemmons, PhD, MPH

Senior Advisor, Social and Behavior Change and Communications

Lydia Clemmons has nearly 35 years of professional experience in the design, management, implementation and evaluation of strategic communications programs in international development. Her technical subject matter expertise includes maternal and reproductive health, child survival, HIV/AIDS, nutrition and agriculture-nutrition, and primary school education programs in more than 20 countries in Africa. Dr. Clemmons has provided technical assistance and capacity-building support for government and civil society institutions funded by USAID, CDC, and the World Health Organization. Throughout her career, Dr. Clemmons’ technical expertise has supported the development and use of evidence-based state-of-the-art multi-media materials, tools and interventions that have been consistently recognized as global best practices in behavior change and strategic communications. Dr. Clemmons was one of the early pioneers in applying mobile phone technologies to health and HIV/AIDS programming, and continues to innovate effective use of new technologies for strategic communications. Dr. Clemmons has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Medical Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Human Biology from Stanford University. She is fluent in English, French and Lingala.

Lynne Cogswell

Senior Behavior Change Advisor

Lynne Cogswell, PhD, has worked in international development for 30 years. Her specialties include health communication, demand creation, training, organizational development, and NGO management. She has lived and worked in development in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia and has consulted in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and the Caribbean.  Dr. Cogswell has held technical and managerial positions on USAID projects and consulted for a variety of donor-supported programs. She holds, from The American University, Washington, D.C., a Ph.D. in International Relations with a focus on Communication and Behavior Change and an M.A. in International Affairs with an emphasis on Development and African Studies.  Dr. Cogswell is fluent in French and can work in Bengali and Swahili.

 

Michael Favin

Senior SBC Advisor

Michael Favin, MA, MPH, has over 30 years of experience in international public health in more than 25 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Since joining The Manoff Group in 1987 to manage the Social Marketing for Vitamin A Project, he has served as a senior technical advisor or a consultant to numerous health and nutrition projects, including REACH, MotherCare, BASICS, Wellstart's Expanded Promotion of Breastfeeding, OMNI, CHANGE, IMMUNIZATIONbasics, and Injection Safety. For these projects and others, Mr. Favin facilitated behavior change and communication strategy design, planning, implementation, and evaluation. He has worked in many critical public health areas—including child health and nutrition, school health and nutrition, maternal and neonatal health, and environmental health—and has supported innovative tool development in areas such as routine immunization, growth promotion, care-seeking, and community surveillance. Mr. Favin has written or contributed to more than 60 books, manuals, and articles on such topics as qualitative research, Behavior-Centered ProgrammingSM, communications, and operational aspects of public health programming for health and nutrition. Mr. Favin speaks Spanish and Portuguese.

 

Anna Kark

Project Assistant and Office Manager

Anna Kark, BA, supports the headquarters staff with the preparation of
various publications, maintenance of databases, and implementation of social media strategy. Her experience includes work in reproductive justice, gender and sexual minority advocacy, and sexual health education. Anna previously worked as a Video Editor and Social Media Manager for Voice of America. She is fluent in Russian and conversational in Spanish.

Laurie Krieger

Senior Advisor, Health and Social Science

Laurie Krieger, PhD, is a leading public health anthropologist with over 20 years of experience working in 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Dr. Krieger has extensive experience in behavior change communication (BCC), social marketing, community development, social change, applied research, monitoring and evaluation, policy development, and gender. Her expertise is in reproductive health, maternal and child health (MCH), and infectious diseases. Dr. Krieger currently coordinates The Manoff Group’s contribution to the AIDSTAR project and manages the Technical Assistance Support Contract (TASC 3) with USAID. She also provides technical assistance to a private sector family planning project in the Philippines and an MCH project in Indonesia. Prior work for The Manoff Group included using cutting-edge market research for a family planning project in Albania and pioneering a participatory health communication model for the Environmental Health Project II. Dr. Krieger’s previous positions include Child Survival Fellow with the USAID Women In Development Office and research associate on the Egyptian Population and Family Planning Board. She is able to work in Arabic, French, and Russian.

 

Rebecca Oser

Strategic Partnerships and Outreach

Rebecca Oser, MPH, is a strategic communications expert with more than 15 years of experience translating technical content into compelling messaging for global audiences. She heads new business and outreach for the Manoff Group, and provides leadership for the communications team on the ACCELERATE Project. She has worked in more than a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Central America.

 

Margot Paulson

Project Operations Officer

Margot Paulson has over six years of international experience including backstopping finance and operational aspects for large U.S. government-funded
global health projects. She provides operational and logistical support to the ACCELERATE Project as well as website management. She has work experience in Ukraine, Liberia, Yemen, Uganda, Haiti, Rwanda, and Ethiopia, and speaks French, Ukrainian, and Russian.

Brian Pedersen

Social and Behavior Change Advisor

Brian Pedersen, MPH, is a behavior change specialist with over fifteen years experience in communication for development, social marketing, total market approaches, consumer research, and branding. For the ACCELERATE Project, he is responsible for the development of evidence-based social and behavior change and communication strategies for health products and services, including promotion of healthy behaviors. He is also proficient in French.

 

Kim Remsberg

Director, Finance and Operations

Kim Remsberg, BS, heads the Manoff Group’s Accounting and Human Resources departments, and provides financial and administrative oversight on most of the organization’s contracts and cooperative agreements. Developing an increasingly complex set of responsibilities since joining the Manoff Group in 2002, Kim ensures that operations run smoothly by working behind the scenes with vendors, clients, and consultants, as well as prospective, current, and former employees.

 

Christina Wakefield

Behavior Change Communications Specialist

Christina Wakefield, MHS, has spent the last 14 years working in community-based public health. Her experience includes projects in a variety of developing
and developed countries, with both public and private organizations, as a
volunteer, and in a variety of institutions, ranging from the World Health
Organization to local NGOs. She has particular expertise in social
marketing, behavior change communication, formative research, strategy
formulation, program organization, and monitoring and evaluation for
programs focusing on HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care, adolescent
health and development, reproductive health, malaria, nutrition, and
hygiene. She has worked extensively in Latin America and the Caribbean as
well as East and West Africa and is fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole.