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Global Communities Welcomes Lonna T. Milburn, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Programs

Published 09/25/2018 by Global Communities

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Global Communities Welcomes Lonna T. Milburn, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Programs
Silver Spring, MD (September 25, 2018) – Global Communities is pleased to announce that Lonna T. Milburn, Ph.D., has joined Global Communities as Senior Vice President of Partnerships and Programs. Milburn is an experienced executive in international resource mobilization and development in more than 50 countries.

In her new role, Milburn will oversee business development and programs for Global Communities, an international nonprofit organization with programs in more than 20 countries. Most recently, she served as Senior Director to the Chief Operations Officer at Creative Associates International, where she re-engineered company business and knowledge management practices. Her work targeted youth, economic empowerment, education, crime/violence prevention, CVE, and transitioning countries throughout Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East. Milburn spearheaded initiatives advising executives of NGOs and SMEs on sustainable business practices that have resulted in their development impact at the local and national levels in Africa and Asia. Milburn has also served in executive positions for RTI International, Management Sciences for Health, and Abt Associates.

“We are delighted to welcome Lonna with her expertise in programming and business leadership, which are key attributes to address today’s international development challenge,” said David A. Weiss, President and CEO of Global Communities. “Her track record of building strong and lasting relationships with major public and private sector development partners will serve Global Communities well as she steps into her new role.”

Lonna has won multiple honors and awards, the George Michaels Award for Entrepreneurship, fellowships with the National Institutes of Health, the Bush Foundation, and the American Legion, and Duke University’s Global Executive MBA Scholarship. Milburn noted that Global Communities “stands in a unique position to capitalize on the development world’s emphasis on local solutions and sustainable development. I look forward to contributing to the expansion of Global Communities’ legacy and impact in vulnerable communities throughout the world.”

Global Communities is an international nonprofit organization founded in 1952 that works closely with communities worldwide to bring about sustainable changes that improve the lives and livelihoods of the vulnerable. Learn more at