Vice President for Global Health Strategy
Kate Dodson is the Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation. In this role, Kate works to ensure that the UN Foundation is delivering on its commitments to address the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, and builds synergies with UN agencies and other key multilateral partners. In its global health work, the UN Foundation worked to support UN agencies and partners that deliver vital health services to people around the world, including campaigns to vaccinate children against measles, polio, and other diseases, family planning services, and millions of anti-malaria bed nets. Increasingly, we focus on supporting the work of the World Health Organization and others to prepare for pandemics, tackle antimicrobial resistance, and strengthen global systems to provide Universal Health Coverage, to ensure we reach the most vulnerable.
Previously, Kate spent several years as the UN Foundation’s Director of Global Health, and has also served as Executive Director of Program Integration, focused on cross-department and cross-issue collaboration. Kate joined the UN Foundation in 2004 and spent her first five years in the sustainable development program in various positions, focused at the intersection of poverty reduction and environmental stewardship.
Ms. Dodson has served on numerous advisory bodies for UN-related multi-partner initiatives. She is currently vice-chair of the board of the Global Health Council, co-facilitator of the World Health Organization-Civil Society Task Team, and a member of the National Academy of Medicine’s Forum on Public-Private Partnerships in Global Health. She was previously co-chair of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) for four years. She has also held positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has traveled, worked and studied in several countries. She has a master’s degree with distinction from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree with departmental honors from Bates College in Maine.