Panagora’s First Hire

Stacyann Forrester is a dynamic Jamaican-American who is already making her mark in international health and development. She brings to the Panagora Group a strong background in health research, and project management and proposal development, along with a love for innovation and new technologies. Stacyann began her career in global health at the Institute for OneWorld Health in San Francisco, a drug development organization that specializes in medicines for the developing world.

At OneWorldHealth, Stacyann coordinated daily operations of a five-person team that worked on developing a drug to combat soil-transmitted intestinal worms and conducted due diligence on more than 25 new drugs and technologies for further development. She also managed a database of more than 200 new technologies for possible further development, and organized a monthly seminar series for OneWorldHealth employees on drug development and public health. Other experience includes serving as Acting Community Coordinator for the San Francisco affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, where Stacyann led grant development, educational outreach and public policy activities. Stacyann was a volunteer in Quito, Ecuador. She provided patient support in emergency care, pediatrics and gynecology for a public clinic, and administrative support for the Pachamama Alliance, an organization dedicated to protecting the rain forests and its indigenous inhabitants.

Stacyann holds a B.S. in nutritional sciences from Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and an M.S. in biomedical sciences from the University of California, San Francisco. Stacyann is a member of SID-Washington and the Global Health Council. She is also a contributing editor for the Global Health Hub, an online global health news aggregator. Stacyann enjoys running, traveling, and watching TED talks, and she makes the world’s best chocolate chip cookies.

“I wanted to join Panagora because it offers a rare and exciting opportunity to build something from scratch, and to bring innovation and know-how that can have a real impact driven by the communities we serve. In a small business, I have a much greater say in everything we do!”

- Stacyann Forrester