Leo supports programs for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), The Centers for Disease Control, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. He focuses on generating evidence-based information that can inform policy decisions and programmatic focus.
Leo began his career developing and implementing community-based training programs for public health officials in Latin America and Southeast Asia seeking to form partnerships to combat emerging health crises in their communities. He later spent 15 years leading the technical support contract for USAID’s Child Survival and Health Grants Program (CSHGP)—a multifaceted partnership that mobilized national and local governments, civil society organizations, and communities in 65 countries to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable populations. The CSHGP’s partners pioneered the field of community health by developing global public goods and supporting governments to shape country plans and priorities.
Leo chaired the Steering Committee and led the planning team for the Institutionalizing Community Health Conference (ICHC) in 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa, which was co-sponsored by USAID and UNICEF in collaboration with the WHO, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program. The ICHC received nearly 400 attendees from 45 countries, including 23 country delegations. The event mobilized government officials, civil society leaders, policymakers, sub-national managers and practitioners, private sector organizations, bilateral and multilateral organizations, and researchers to strengthen partnerships with communities as key resources for transforming the future of health programming.