Marissa Chmiola

Communications Officer

Marissa manages the development and implementation of the coalition’s communications strategies and activities. She oversees GHTC’s digital presence, media outreach, events, and publications.

Marissa has over a decade of experience working in communications and policy advocacy in Washington, DC. Prior to joining GHTC, she worked as a senior associate at the public policy firm of Manatos & Manatos where she addressed the communications, public policy, and event planning needs of clients in a variety of fields. Before that, she interned at several leading communications firms, including APCO Worldwide, West Wing Writers, and Hager Sharp.

Marissa received her BA in Public Communications and C.L.E.G. (Communications, Law, Economics, and Government) from American University in Washington, DC. In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, traveling the world, and attempting to become a master chef.

Articles Written by Marissa

Sanofi Pasteur / Patrick Boulen
A year in review: The global health innovation stories that shaped 2017

As the year comes to an end, GHTC is reflecting on the top stories in global health innovation that made news in 2017.

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Celebrating ten years of GHTC & a decade of progress in global health innovation

As we close out our 10th anniversary year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on our shared progress and celebrate the headlines and moments that shaped global health R&D over the past decade. Check out some of the highlights...

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Research Roundup: A new anti-malarial, the promise of probiotics, and genetically-engineered TB

In this regular feature on Breakthroughs, we highlight some of the most interesting reads in global health research from the past week.

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GHTC/Marissa Chmiola
A competition where the highest prize is lives saved

What do an onsite chlorine generator, fingerprint scanning technology for newborns, and temperature-monitoring wristband all have in common? The potential to save the lives of mothers and newborns in some of the poorest, hardest-to-reach communities around the world.

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Steering Committee


Rachel M. Cohen, MA

Regional Executive Director, North America

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative

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Jodie Curtis

Washington Representative

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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Jonathan Daniels

Manager of Policy and Advocacy


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Kevin Fisher

Director of Policy, Data & Analytics


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Karen A. Goraleski, MA

Executive Director

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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Heather Ignatius, MA

Lead, US and Global Policy and Advocacy


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Sharyn Tenn, MA

Senior Advisor for External Affairs

International Partnership for Microbicides

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