Board of Directors

RESHMA RAMACHANDRAN

President

Reshma Ramachandran, MD, MPP, MHS is a board-certified family physician and incoming Assistant Professor at Yale School of Medicine, serving as President of the UAEM North America Board of Directors. Her research focuses on the realignment of incentives for healthcare stakeholders including universities, pharmaceutical companies, and hospitals towards prioritizing equitable patient access to safe, effective health technologies. Prior to this role, Reshma worked as research faculty as part of the Innovation + Design Enabling Access (IDEA) Initiative at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with Dr. Anthony D. So, where she focused on policies to address the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance and unaffordable access to prescription drugs. Dr. Ramachandran trained in both medicine at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University and in public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She completed her family medicine residency at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. Previously, she served as the first PharmFree Fellow with the American Medical Student Association focused on removing the undue influence of pharmaceutical companies on prescribing behavior and medical education. She currently chairs the FDA Task Force for Doctors for America and serves as a board member for the American Medical Student Association Foundation.

ANDREW GOLDMAN

Andrew serves as General Counsel and Head of Policy at Roivant Social Ventures (RSV). Prior to his work with RSV, Andrew worked at the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) in Geneva, Switzerland, where he negotiated and drafted public health-driven patent and know-how licenses to increase affordable access for treatments and other medical technologies for Covid-19, HIV, HCV, and tuberculosis, and provided legal and strategic guidance on a variety of matters relating to MPP governance, ethics and compliance, and policy issues. Earlier in his career, Andrew was counsel for policy and legal affairs at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) where he worked on access to medicines and closely related international IP, competition law, and trade concerns, and represented KEI at the World Health Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, U.S. Congressional offices and agencies, and foreign health ministries. He began his legal career at Astrachan Gunst Thomas, in Baltimore, Maryland, primarily focusing on intellectual property litigation and transactional work. Andrew received a B.A. from Princeton University, a M.A. from Columbia University, and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, and maintains bar memberships in New York and Maryland. He serves on the Board of the Prescription Justice Institute, and in 2020 was honored to be named to the Progressive Change Institute’s Directory of Public Sector & Non-Profit Leadership

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ANASTASIA BELETSKY

Anastasia serves as Associate Director, New Product Development at The Health Management Academy (The Academy). The Academy serves the executive teams of ~65 integrated delivery networks, academic medical centers, and regional health systems, as well as myriad healthcare industry companies. In this role, Anastasia supports The Academy's internal organic and inorganic growth functions: she leads the market research, problem discovery, customer testing, and due diligence for new product launches, as well as supports merger and acquisition activity and corporate development strategy. Prior to this role, Anastasia directed a leadership development program for clinical, administrative, and financial executives for the above-mentioned member base. She also has prior experience as a public health practitioner, researcher, and educator. She earned her bachelor's degree from Georgetown University and master's in public health in social and behavioral sciences from the Yale School of Public Health. 

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LUIS GIL ABINADER

Luis Gil Abinader has dedicated over ten years to work on intellectual property, trade, and access to medicines. One of his areas of interest is government funding of research and development and he is passionate about demanding a better return for our public investments in drugs R&D. Currently Luis is a senior researcher at Knowledge Ecology International (KEI). Prior to joining KEI Luis worked as a Fellow with the Interdisciplinary Centre of Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation (CIECTI) in Argentina. He has also taught technology law to undergraduate computer science students at the Universidad Nacional General Sarmiento (UNGS) and public policy to intellectual property master students at the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO). He received his Law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) in the Dominican Republic, and a Masters in Intellectual Property from the Latin American School of Social Sciences (FLACSO) in Argentina.

JUSTIN MENDOZA

Justin Mendoza, MPH, is the Advocacy Lead for U.S. Health Care at Partners In Health (PIH), and a member of the UAEM North America board of directors. He leads PIH's efforts on domestic policy and advocacy strategy, including running the Public Health Jobs Now! campaign, which aims to improve public health workforce investments for communities around the U.S. in response to COVID-19. Previously, Justin worked on health care priorities with Families USA and Public Citizen in Washington D.C., focused mainly on lowering drug prices, taking on pharmaceutical patent overreach, expanding health care coverage, and lowering underlying health care costs. He works to advance legislation and administrative action at the state and federal levels, as well as coalition management and policy analysis. Justin holds a MPH in Health Policy from Yale University and a B.S. in biomedical sciences and neuroscience from Central Michigan University, and led UAEM chapters at both universities and served on the Coordinating Committee for two years.

SARAH BENJAMIN

After working in youth development and education in San Francisco for more than ten years, Sarah received her Master’s in Public Policy from UC Berkeley in 2013. For her thesis project, Sarah developed a replication and expansion strategy for Generation Citizen, an organization focused on transforming high school civics education into an experience in activism utilizing peer coaches from local universities. She then worked as a dental health policy associate at a children's advocacy organization called Children Now, helping to lead a medical-dental pilot program in community health centers in the Los Angeles area. This program aimed to increase preventive dental health care uptake among Medicaid-insured children receiving primary care visits at these health centers. Since 2017, Sarah has lived in the Los Angeles area with her husband and daughter.

Stark economic inequality in the United States has made social justice the guiding principle in her career. From education to health care, the opportunities available to Americans depend far too much on wealth and privilege. Sarah had the opportunity to live and work in the greater metropolitan area of Lima, Peru and saw even more extreme inequality. She believes healthcare is a human right and, as such, life-saving medicines should be available to all, not just to those who can pay.

ALY BANCROFT

Aly currently works in the philanthropy sector in New York City. She holds a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned bachelor’s degrees from Miami University. During graduate school, Aly analyzed qualitative data at the Center for Health Policy & Inequalities Research at Duke University. Previously, she worked at the Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta, where she coordinated special events and raised money for the organization’s education, advocacy, and clinical care programs. She also served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Medicare Rights Center.

Aly first became involved with UAEM at UNC Chapel Hill, where she led the student chapter. She is particularly interested in access to treatment for non-communicable diseases. She has volunteered with diabetes education organizations in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and the United States.

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VAROON MATHUR

Varoon first joined UAEM as a sophomore in college, after he saw a post on social media about students rallying the University of California system to adopt a plan that would make medicines developed in their labs affordable to all. He remains deeply inspired by those students and staff, and by the hundreds that have followed through the years, not only because of their courage and boldness to demand of their academic institutions a deeper commitment to global health - but because at the heart of their activism lay a firm belief that health is a human right. He began helping lead campaigns targeting neglected disease research and access to medicines at his own institutions at Queen’s and UBC. Now as a research fellow at NYU, he brought that same commitment to his work, where he focus on the social impact of emerging tech in health care, and how those dynamics might prevent marginalized communities from getting the care and services they need most.

SARAH RAPAWY

Sarah is a senior attorney with extensive in-house counsel experience in both the federal government and private sector. In addition to serving as UAEM's General Counsel, she currently works as Deputy General Counsel at The Asia Group, a consulting and advisory firm helping businesses excel across Asia. Prior to this position, she served for seven years at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for Africa, advising senior agency officials on an array of legal and policy issues related to the provision of development assistance to Africa. Sarah has experience with everything from drafting and negotiating complex commercial contracts to representing USAID before the National Security Council and advising on federal grant making and procurement regulations. She most enjoys being a member of a team and finding creative legal solutions for her clients that enable operational success.

Sarah started her legal career as a Senior Associate at WilmerHale LLP, handling complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters in industries ranging from aviation and reinsurance to telecommunications. She was the lead associate on a matter defending against the enforcement of multi-billion dollar Nicaraguan judgments in U.S. court, overseeing all aspects of pre-trial and trial preparation. While at WilmerHale, Sarah maintained a robust pro bono docket, including asylum, criminal, and NGO matters, as well as volunteered on the Obama-Biden 2008 presidential campaign.

Sarah holds a Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Masters and Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Stanford University. She has lived overseas in both Chile and France and speaks Spanish and French fluently.  She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children. 

RAVI GUPTA

Ravi Gupta, MD, MSHP is a board-certified internal medicine physician and Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His work has focused on strengthening FDA regulation and improving prescription drug policy, with an emphasis on intellectual property, anti-competitive behaviors, and ensuring affordability and access to safe and effective therapies in the U.S. and globally. He also researches access to treatment of opioid use disorder and the social, economic, and commercial determinants that enabled the opioid epidemic, as well as the areas of private provision of public services, including Medicare Advantage, Medicaid managed care, and value-based and alternative payment models. He has been published widely in leading academic journals and venues for lay audiences. Ravi previously worked in development economics with the MIT Jameel Poverty Action Lab in Bihar, India, where with Pratham, a leading education NGO, he led randomized control trial evaluations of education and health programs. He has also worked with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the Maryland State Health Department. Dr. Gupta graduated from the Yale School of Medicine and completed his residency in Internal Medicine in the Johns Hopkins Hospital Osler Medical Training Program within the Urban Health track. He is also currently a member of the FDA Task Force for Doctors for America.

ALEXANDRA GREENBERG 

Alexandra (Ali) Greenberg is a fourth-year medical student at SUNY Downstate entering into the speciality of Family Medicine. Originally from New York City, Alexandra left the state to attend Johns Hopkins University (JHU), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health. She continued at Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), receiving her Master of Science in International Health with a concentration in Social and Behavioral Interventions and Certificate in Health Communications. As an undergraduate, Alexandra became actively engaged in student and community organizing for health justice, serving as a national leader for UAEM. During her MSPH, Ali became more involved in advocating for access to essential medicines and healthcare as a human right. She continued to volunteer with UAEM nationally and also worked with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative and the International Vaccine Access Center. After her MSPH, Ali joined UAEM’s staff as Advocacy & Campaigns Officer in Washington, DC. She later went on to complete her Master’s in Medical Sciences at Boston University (BU) before beginning medical school in Brooklyn, NY. As a medical student, Alexandra quickly became involved in student leadership as part of the College of Medicine’s Executive Council and a board member for the Brooklyn Free Clinic, where she currently serves as Chief Operations Officer. She plans to dedicate her career to community and population health as well as direct patient care and looks forward to empowering students and trainees to advocate for a system in which health is truly a right and not a commodity.