Ms. Whitney Reitz has more than 24 years of domestic and international experience in diplomacy and program management, with particular expertise in child health and welfare. She works to harness the organization’s expertise and resources to address key health issues affecting women and children, including childhood pneumonia—a leading cause of death of children worldwide – and oversees a growing portfolio of grant-supported maternal and child health projects. In addition, Ms. Reitz is the organization’s leading representative with U.S. government agencies and the executive branch, Congress, and public health policy and advocacy organizations.
Ms. Reitz formerly served as Senior Advisor for International Child Welfare to U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, worked in the Foreign Service, led numerous bilateral negotiations on behalf of the U.S. government, and managed government programs, including the Special Humanitarian Parole Program for Haitian Orphans. Ms. Reitz has written or co-authored several papers on child welfare and adoption. She holds a Master of Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in Russian History and Literature from Harvard University.