Joanne Carter Executive director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund (REF)

Dr. Joanne Carter is the executive director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund (REF), a grassroots advocacy organization generating the public and political will to end the root causes of hunger and poverty in the US and abroad. Joanne also serves as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria Board Representative for the Developed Country NGO Delegation.

Since 1992, Joanne has worked with key Administration and Congressional allies, partner organizations, and technical agencies orchestrating U.S. and international campaigns to tackle major diseases of poverty (particularly tuberculosis (TB) and major child killers), increase access to education (including abolition of school fees), expand economic opportunity for the poorest, and reform World Bank and International Monetary Fund policies. RESULTS has been instrumental in the creation and expansion of the Child Survival and Health Programs Fund, expansion of global TB funding, legislation to ensure that at least half of microenterprise development resources are devoted to those living on less than $1 a day, an initiative to support countries to eliminate school fees for public primary school, and provisions that require U.S. representatives to the World Bank and IMF to oppose user fees for primary health and education.

As the project leader for “Advocacy to Control TB Internationally,” or ACTION, Joanne has guided this multi-partner, multi-year campaign to mobilize increased financial resources in the U.S., United Kingdom, Japan, and Canada, and to overcome key policy constraints in India and Kenya for the expansion of effective TB treatment.

An international expert and spokesperson on global poverty issues, Joanne regularly organizes media briefings on breaking legislative and technical news, and works closely with the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and other international organizations. In 2005, she served as the first Chair of the Advocacy, Communications and Social Mobilization Working Group of the global Stop TB Partnership, a partnership of over 500 organizations globally. She is also a founding Board member of Global Action for Children.

Joanne Carter holds a DVM (Doctor of Veterinary Medicine) degree from Cornell University and was a practicing veterinarian from 1987 to 1992. She has served as a VISTA volunteer and as a recruiter for the Peace Corps.