As a development practitioner, Joanna Galaris advises senior leadership and leads projects involving strategic planning, organizational development and resource mobilization at Partners in Health Rwanda. Joanna is Greek and American and grew up in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Qatar, Ghana, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates, before moving to America for the first time as an undergraduate at the University of Florida.

While living in Atlanta and Gainesville, Joanna was involved in community organizing, direct action and movement-building through student groups and as a member of Rise Up Georgia, Southerners on New Ground and Project South.

Joanna holds a Master’s in Development Practice from Emory University, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a minor in African Studies from the University of Florida. Prior to working for Partners in Health, Joanna worked for the Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population in Northern Vietnam and Emory University’s Global Health Institute.


Values-based Leadership for the Future of Health: A Conversation with Barbara Bush and Global Health Corps

Posted on October 5, 2020 by Joanna Galaris, Barbara Bush, Sandra Isano, Heather Anderson

Join us in welcoming to our virtual stage Global Health Corps (GHC) Co-Founder and Board Chair Barbara Bush and CEO Heather Anderson. Barbara will share a brief history of her inspiration and initial vision for the organization, and then engage in a conversation with other panelists that illuminates GHC’s journey from launching as a small startup in 2009 to building… Read More