Jessie Schutt-Aine is a global health professional with over 25 years of experience in non-profit organizations and the UN system. Currently, she is Chief, Equity, Gender, and Cultural Diversity at the World Health Organization’s Regional Office for the Americas, responsible for delivering strategic advice and programmatic direction to reduce inequities in health. Prior to this position, she headed the World Health Organization’s Caribbean program and served as the liaison with CARICOM and Caribbean regional institutions. She held different roles at UNAIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.
As a board member at the Clara Lionel Foundation, she chairs the Programs and Impact Committee, and sits on the Executive and Grant Giving Committee, responsible for approving investments aligned with the Foundation’s strategic plan and policies.
A senior advisor to Girls With Impact, an online entrepreneurship program for girls, she started the 100K Black girls initiative to train and mentor underserved black girls.
Jessie holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health focused on population and family health, in addition to a Master of International Affairs from Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and French from the University of Virginia and studied abroad at the University of Valencia and the University of Paris, Sorbonne.
Jessie is married, has twins, and two older stepsons. She most recently lived in Barbados for seven years, and has also lived in Switzerland, Martinique, Haiti, Senegal, France and Spain.