Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Announces Staffing Changes


Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Announces Staffing Changes 

Washington, D.C., June 18, 2013 — Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today announced the appointment of two senior leaders: Rachelle Johnson as the Director of Public Policy and Global Affairs, and Jennifer Key as Chief of Staff. Both will help to support Friends’ mission of educating, engaging and mobilizing U.S. lawmakers, key influencers and others in support of the Global Fund’s lifesaving work.

The team’s newest member, Rachelle Johnson is a long time Hill staffer. Joining Friends at a crucial time — as it supports the Global Fund’s fourth replenishment — she will lead the organization’s educational and advocacy activities, working in close coordination with the Global Fund Secretariat as well as key stakeholders in the international health community.

Prior to joining Friends, Johnson served with the Senate Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. She has also worked as Senior Legislative Advisor for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran.

In 2009, Johnson was awarded the prestigious two-year Mike Mansfield Fellowship to Tokyo, Japan where she worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and JICA on development assistance issues. Additionally, she has been a senior member or lead of Congressional Delegations to more than a dozen countries to evaluate political, economic and development reforms and policies.

“I could not have imagined a better suited candidate to join our organization at this particular time,” said Friends’ President, Deborah Derrick. “Rachelle’s experience and insights related to foreign aid in general, and the Global Fund specifically, will be invaluable to our efforts.”

Friends also promoted Jennifer Key to the Chief of Staff position. In this capacity, she will oversee all aspects of the organization’s operations including resource management, external outreach to U.S. decision makers and coordination with the Global Fund. Key, who was previously Friends’ Government Relations Manager, has also served in the Department of Congressional and Public Affairs at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Her previous professional experience also includes time spent working at the American Red Cross and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.


“As we look to the Global Fund’s Replenishment later this year, we will need to not only maintain but redouble our efforts to ensure appropriate funding for AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,” said Derrick. “With Rachelle and Jen’s contributions to our senior management team, Friends is better positioned than ever to help do just that.”




Friends of the Global Fight works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit





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