Chris Collins

President |
Chris leads Friends' efforts to educate and engage U.S. decision makers on the lifesaving work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and its effort to end these three epidemics. Previously, as Chief of the Community Mobilization Division at UNAIDS, Chris helped make the case for investment in civil society as an essential part of the AIDS response. As Vice President and Director of Public Policy at amfAR Chris defended global AIDS funding and worked to advance domestic HIV policy and global key populations programming. Chris also helped drive the creation of the first comprehensive U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy; helped develop and managed the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) Missing the Target series of reports on global HIV treatment scale up; and co-founded and served as Executive Director at AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention. As appropriations staff to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the 1990s, Chris designed the first legislation to provide incentives for development and delivery of vaccines against HIV, TB and malaria. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Sarah Marston

Director of Communications |
Sarah Marston is the Director of Communications at Friends of the Global Fight. She works with the communications team to enhance Friends’ visibility through strategic writing, editing, website content development and media relations. Previously, Sarah served as the Public Information Officer at Harvard Law School, where she collaborated with faculty and administrators on strategic communications, media relations and crisis mitigation. She also ran Harvard Law's social media channels and managed press for high-profile visitors and events. Before Harvard, Sarah spent four years at The Washington Post, where her roles included producing and editing content for the website, writing for the Metro desk, and producing live broadcast spots in The Post's TV/radio studio. She graduated from the University of Maryland with dual B.A. degrees in journalism and art.

Linda Parker

Director of Administration |
Linda Parker is the Director of Administration for Friends of the Global Fight. She has an extensive, 15-year-plus career in the area of office administration. Prior to working full-time at Friends, Linda served as the Director of Administration at National Security Network. She began her nonprofit career at DATA Foundation at the organization’s founding and continued there after the organization merged with ONE. She spent six years at ONE as the Director of Human Resource and Administration, helping to manage and grow the organization. Prior to joining the nonprofit world, Linda spent seven years in the private sector, where she worked for BEA Systems providing right-hand support to the President/Founder as the Director of Executive Management. She is a graduate of Kaplan University with a degree in business administration.

Katie Broendel

Senior Communications Manager |
Katie Broendel is the Senior Communications Manager at Friends of the Global Fight. In her role, she manages media relations for the organization, and collaborates with the communications team on strategy, outreach and writing. Prior to joining Friends, Katie worked as the media and public relations manager for the American Association of University Women. She earned her M.A. in Public Communication from the American University School of Communication, where she also serves as an adjunct instructor. She won Best Academic Paper in Public Communication in 2009, and her graduate thesis focused on the framing of sexual violence in the media. Katie also has a background in geography, having earned her B.A. from the University of Mary Washington. She has worked for several organizations in Washington, D.C., including the National Geographic Society, Amnesty International and

True Claycombe

Policy Manager |
True Claycombe is the Policy Manager at Friends of the Global Fight. In this role, she advocates for Friends’ legislative and policy goals, engages and acts as a liaison between Friends and the global health community, and keeps the Friends’ team abreast of all things related to the Global Fund, HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. True also provides research, analysis, and written materials on major policy issues and external reports as they relate to the Global Fund, the three diseases, and global health more generally. Prior to joining Friends, True graduated from the School of International Service at American University with an M.A. in international development. Her studies focused on global health policy and community development, including internships at Save the Children, the Clearwater Initiative, and the Reproductive and Child Health Alliance in Cambodia. Before graduate school, True spent more than two years on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant to Rep. David McKinley (R-WV). She handled a legislative portfolio of healthcare, foreign affairs, education, human rights, tax and budget, and postal reform. True graduated from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Sociology.

John McMannis

Communications Manager |
John McMannis is the Communications Manager at Friends of the Global Fight. In this role, he manages media relations, social media, the website, design and production, and works with the communications team to support outreach to various audiences, including Members of Congress and partner organizations. Prior to joining Friends, he served as a Business Analyst with C.H. Robinson, where he worked to design and integrate more efficient business practices in the intermodal office. He also worked for the School for Field Studies centers in Kenya and Tanzania where he assisted in managing student life and safety. John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Political Science, and is pursuing an MPA at the University of Southern California.

Antonio Marin-Dietens

Office Manager |
Antonio Marin-Dietens is the Office Manager at Friends of the Global Fight. In this position, he coordinates overall administrative activities while ensuring the smooth functioning of daily operations. Additionally, he works closely with the President and staff to arrange travel, events, schedules, and meetings. Prior to joining the team at Friends, Antonio was the assistant to the CEO at Cambobabs, a Belgian nonprofit dedicated to education and sustainable development in Cambodia. He earned his master’s degree in Political Science from American Public University and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of the District of Columbia. Antonio has also lived in several countries, including Belgium, Spain, Italy, and Germany. He is fluent in Spanish, French, Dutch, Italian and German.