Staff Bios

Carla Eckhardt, Senior Director, Global Women's Health & Special Issues in Women’s Health
Carla Eckhardt has been in the health care field for over 25 years. She has worked in the US and internationally with non-profit health care organizations, for-profit health centers, university medical centers, and academic think tanks. She has held numerous management positions, and has been responsible for large operating budgets up to $23 million, and has simultaneously managed multiple delivery care sites and large service staffs. Ms. Eckhardt has experience working with labor unions, and has sat on Boards and executive teams. She has a talent for working with a diverse labor force, from C level executives to front line staff in diverse cultural settings. Ms. Eckhardt ran her own consulting firm for eight years concentrating on clinic sustainability, efficiency, quality improvement programs, and team development. Before joining ACOG, Ms. Eckhardt held the Country Director positions at Marie Stopes International in Ethiopia and Mexico. She is a graduate of Yale University.

Fiona Clem, MLIS, Senior Information Manager
Fiona Clem is the senior information manager in the Office of Global Women’s Health at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Fiona believes that the best stories are the ones that are shared. Fiona works with OGWH program staff to craft marketing materials, create proposals, and write articles. Fiona also manages the member communications including updating the OGWH webpages and the on-line repository for women’s health education, and managing the listserv. Fiona works to translate program activities in to information for ACOG members and funders as well as broader audiences, and understanding of OGWH’s programs, and member engagement, has risen steadily since Fiona joined ACOG in 2015. Prior to ACOG, Fiona worked at the U.S. House of Representatives as an Internet Support Specialist and as the Technology Manager for the National Environmental Education Foundation. Fiona holds a master’s degree in library science and a bachelor’s in English.

Ariana Rua, Program Manager
Ariana Rua is a Program Manager at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) working in the Global Womens Health department specifically working on the Zika program in Central America funded by US-AID. Previously, Ariana worked at Lockheed Martin, specifically in the Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business area. She worked closely with her leadership on contract management, database operations, and web services for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help manage over 28,000 web pages. In 2013, 2014, and 2016 she was awarded with the SRA award, an award that recognizes individuals for their superior performance, leadership, and customer service. In 2011, she graduated with a B.A. in Marketing with a concentration in International Business. She worked at CrosStar Network Solutions in New York City, where she worked alongside the executive board of directors assisting with account management and database entry. Ariana has also briefly served on the national board of directors for Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. as the Director of Communications. Her passion for leadership, personal development, and education has inspired her to enhance her philanthropic efforts to help the Hispanic community increase and strengthen educational opportunities. Ariana serves on the Board of Directors and as Chair for the Associate Council for Edu-Futuro, and non-profit organization that 'empowers under-resourced Latino and other immigrant youth through education, leadership development, and family engagement, to become the next generation of professionals who transform their communities'.

Faisa Ali, Program Administrator
Faisa Ali is the Program Administrator for the Office of Global Women’s Health. She manages the Essential Training in Operative Obstetric program (FKA SOO) and lends her support to other programs within the office. She was a Communications Coordinator at the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Most recently, she was a Public Affairs consultant at the various African embassies in Washington, D.C. Her enthusiasm for fighting for women’s rights to health has led her in numerous leadership roles within various NGO’s implemented by the Somali Diaspora. Faisa’s passion for maternal and child health grew when she was a public health volunteer at Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland. During her time there, she created awareness for female genital mutilation and led various seminars. She facilitated in creating literary works about obstetric fistula and FGM. Prior to her work in East Africa, she was a Digital Communications intern at the National Geographic Society. She holds a bachelor degree in Biology, and plans to finish her Masters in Public Health.

Cindy Nguyen, Program Specialist
Cindy joined the Office of Global Women’s Health in 2018 after graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University and working for a small non-profit. She has experience supporting various pediatric diagnostic and surgery specialist teams to deliver care to children in the Caribbean. In her short time at ACOG she’s had a variety of different roles: special projects, the closure of the ESOG Collaboration, and being the OGWH’s unofficial accountant at times. She is now a Program Specialist supporting various projects and programs including the Global Operations Advisory Group (GOAG), assisting the Accreditation Committee of the FECASOG-ACOG (CAFA) with its annual residency exam and our new USAID Subaward in Madagascar with the American College of Nurse Midwives and the American Academy of Pediatrics. She speaks Vietnamese and Spanish. Outside of the office, you’ll likely find her reading, at the gym or eating tacos all over town.


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