Joy Riggs-Perla

Joy Riggs-Perla was a panelist for Forum’s discussion on Putting Mothers and Babies First.

Joy joined Save the Children in June 2013 as the Director of SNL 3. Her long career in global health began with a two-year Peace Corps assignment in the Philippines in the early 1970s working in public health nutrition. After graduate school, she joined USAID as a foreign-service officer and spent the next 23 years, primarily overseas, developing and managing health programs in the areas of maternal and child health, infectious disease, HIV/AIDS and health systems strengthening. She lived and worked in Swaziland, Philippines, Indonesia, Egypt and Cambodia. Joy served as Director of USAID’s Global Bureau Office of Health and Nutrition office from 1997 to 2001. After her USAID career, she worked as an independent consultant, leading teams to conduct health program design and evaluation work for USAID in Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Ms. Riggs-Perla has an MPH in health services administration.