December 6, 2017 – VillageReach announced today that its Board of Directors has named Emily Bancroft as President of VillageReach.
“Emily is eminently qualified for the role of President. The board’s unanimous decision reflects our utmost confidence that she is the best person to carry forth the mission of VillageReach,” said Margaret Griffiths, VillageReach Board Chair. “With Emily at the helm, VillageReach is well-positioned to build on its history of innovation and impact to increase access to quality health care at the last mile.”
Emily has dedicated most of her career to developing successful health system interventions both domestically in the U.S. and in sub-Saharan Africa. She has been with VillageReach since 2010, and served as Vice President since 2015, steering global teams that have contributed significantly to the organization’s growth and impact.
“I am privileged to work with and learn alongside such a diverse and talented group of colleagues,” says Bancroft. “I am constantly inspired by our team’s ability to collaborate, innovate and increase the impact of our programs. I am excited for this opportunity and look forward to continuing our work together as we build on VillageReach’s progress.”
As President, Emily is responsible for the strategy, oversight, and management of VillageReach programs and global operations, working closely with a global team of more than 170 employees. A leader in systems change, much of Emily’s work is focused on aligning governments, donors, private sector partners, and NGOs to help scale and sustain innovations. She is recognized for her global leadership in improving supply chains and for developing scalable and replicable digital health solutions in low- and middle-income countries.
Prior to joining VillageReach, Emily worked with the International Training and Education Center on Health (I-TECH), Physicians for Human Rights, and NPower, a pioneering social enterprise focused on transforming the way nonprofits use technology to achieve their mission. Emily is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Health Services at the University of Washington. She holds an MPH from the University of Washington School of Public Health and a BA from Princeton University.
VillageReach transforms health care delivery to reach everyone, so that each person has the health care needed to thrive. We develop solutions that improve equity and access to primary health care. This includes making sure products are available when and where they are needed and primary health care services are delivered to the most under-reached. Radical collaboration with governments, the private sector and other partners strengthen our ability to scale and sustain these solutions. Our work increases access to quality health care for 46 million people in sub-Saharan Africa.
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