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Virginia Ellen Pierce

Principal Associate, International Health

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Virginia Ellen Pierce is an international development professional with more than 30 years of experience managing multi-sectoral programs, with a special focus on health and women. She provides management and technical oversight for Abt’s bilateral health projects in Ethiopia and Zambia.
Pierce has advanced skills in written and interpersonal communication, proposal writing, and partnerships. She also has expertise in problem analysis, strategy and program design, and management and evaluation.
Pierce has held management and technical positions in a range of health and development programs. She is a qualified organizational manager, supervisor, and trainer of program and administrative staff. She excels in team building.
Prior to joining Abt, Pierce spent 20 years with CARE USA, managing field programs and providing technical support for reproductive health programming. She has worked in Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Georgia, Haiti, India, Mali, Malawi, Nepal, Sudan, Tajikistan, and Zambia.
Pierce holds a Master’s in International Management from the School for International Training and a Master’s in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. 
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  • Strategy and program design
  • Program management
  • Policy development
  • Partnerships
  • Proposal writing
  • Maternal and child health and family planning