Anjali Desai

Senior Program Officer

Anjali Desai is a project manager and strategist who believes that community-led processes lead to successful partnerships and more sustainable approaches. Her passion for social impact stems from her upbringing in Zambia.

Anjali applies an action-oriented approach to project planning that engages communities, government officials, researchers, technical experts, and donors. Most recently, as a program officer for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) program at the State Department, she developed and executed community engagement strategies with the Affected Populations, Human Rights, and Community Engagement unit. She co-led the development of a $100 million fund focused on key populations and led processes to improve global, regional, and local community engagement with PEPFAR programs.

Prior to PEPFAR, Anjali supported two initiatives at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research center: one to promote support for biomedical HIV prevention research, and the other focused on research to improve the cancer screening process for breast, colon, and cervical cancer.

Anjali holds a master of arts in global health and development from the University College of London, and a bachelor of arts in international studies and a certificate in project management from the University of Washington in Seattle.