Esther Pak

Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health | Communications Specialist, PMA2020

Esther is the Communications Specialist for the mobile-technology based survey, Performance Monitoring and Accountability 2020 (PMA2020), a project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her role includes coordinating and strategizing data dissemination efforts to improve the reach and impact of PMA2020 data use for informing programs and policies in program countries. Prior to PMA2020, Esther was at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva during the Ebola outbreak, providing support for country cooperation strategies and collaboration with the UN policies in the Director-General’s Office as an intern, while also serving as President of the WHO Intern Board, following the position of Vice President. Esther has a Master of Science in Public Health from Johns Hopkins, where she concentrated in international health and health communication. Previous to studying at Hopkins, Esther was on the ground as an American Red Cross intern working on community-based educational programs to promote preparedness behaviors among various inner city Chicago neighborhoods. As an undergraduate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she studied Molecular & Cellular Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish. Her hobbies include playing various musical instruments, acting, comedy, reading economic development and cognitive science literature, and exchanging knowledge with people via stories and conversations in settings that facilitate the building of unique experiences.