Dr. Tanya Jones joins R4D as managing director

June 8, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Results for Development (R4D) today announced that Tanya Jones, Ph.D., will join the organization as a managing director, overseeing half of R4D’s growing $40 million portfolio of programs. Her first day will be June 14, 2021.

As an executive team member, Dr. Jones will play a key role in refining and implementing R4D’s strategy. She will work alongside Cheryl Cashin, Ph.D. — R4D’s other managing director — to provide strategic leadership and oversight for R4D’s practice areas.

Dr. Jones is an international development professional with more than 20 years of experience building and executing global health, education and women’s empowerment initiatives in Africa and South Asia. She is a published academic author and has written a book manuscript and journal articles on community-based health care delivery, including a 200-page sociological study of community-based care in Ghana.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Tanya to this exciting new role at R4D,” said Gina Lagomarsino, R4D’s president and CEO. “Tanya is passionate about creating development approaches that strengthen health and education systems for the long-term. She will work with R4D’s talented practice leads to design and execute high-impact programs and ensure systematic institutional learning at R4D.”

Prior to joining R4D, Dr. Jones served as the president and founder of Aya Global, a philanthropic consulting practice, for seven years. In this role, she advised foundations and non-profit organizations in the global health and education fields on institutional strategy, program development and fundraising. She helped develop new portfolios for her clients, including a digital health practice and an early childhood education practice, in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.

“I have great admiration for R4D’s values, achievements and approach, and I am excited to join the team,” said Dr. Jones. “I have worked with change agents to design and implement systems reform, as a researcher, as a funder, as a strategist — and I look forward to contributing to the organization’s growth and strategic direction.”

In previous roles, Dr. Jones led the Global Health portfolio at the Barr Foundation, and worked on programs that expanded access to primary health care at Pathfinder and Population Council. While working at Population Council, Dr. Jones was embedded within the Ghana Health Service/Ministry of Health to support the agency as it scaled-up the Community-Based Health and Planning Services (CHPS) model from a pilot project to robust initiatives in ten demonstration districts. Two decades later, CHPS is a global model for community-based service delivery and is at national scale in Ghana.

Dr. Jones holds a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in public administration from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University in American Studies and Africana Studies. In addition, she has held post-doctoral appointments at Dartmouth College and Harvard University. Dr. Jones serves on the Board of Directors of PRX, World Education and on the Advisory Board of Nurturing Minds.

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