MENLO PARK, Calif. – Kristen Stelljes has joined The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as a program officer in its Global Development and Population Program, the Foundation announced today.

As a program officer in the Hewlett Foundation’s Global Development and Population Program, Stelljes joins a grantmaking team working to ensure that the best available data and evidence are used to inform public policy, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

“We are thrilled to have Kristen join our team,” said Ruth Levine, director of the Global Development and Population Program. “Her broad experience working with organizations in Africa makes her an ideal fit for the Foundation.”

Stelljes comes to the Hewlett Foundation after serving as a fellow in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Global Health Fellows Program II in Ethiopia. In that capacity, Stelljes was based in Addis Ababa, where she worked as a population, health, and environment advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. She provided support to Packard grantees including the Population, Health and Environment consortium, focused on strengthening the evidence base for integrated approaches to development. There, she helped develop tools including a monitoring and evaluation toolkit, guides for documenting champion stories and good practices, and supported one of the first evaluations of a population, health, and environment program in Ethiopia.

Prior to that, Stelljes was a senior program officer for Management Sciences for Health, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit working to improve access to health care internationally. There, she managed the advocacy and fostering change work of the Leadership, Management and Sustainability Program in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Stelljes holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and environmental studies from Brandeis University. She began work on September 16.

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The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development and population, performing arts, and philanthropy, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. A full list of all the Hewlett Foundation’s grants can be found here.

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