We connect mothers to providers of essential maternal healthcare by supporting grassroots organizations in the United States and around the world.
Christy Turlington Burns is a mother, advocate, social entrepreneur, and founder & CEO of the maternal health organization, Every Mother Counts. Having endured a childbirth complication herself, Christy was compelled to direct and produce the documentary, No Woman, No Cry about maternal health challenges that impact the lives of millions of girls and women around the world. Every Mother Counts was launched in 2010 to heighten awareness about our global maternal health crisis. While advocacy remains a key focus, Every Mother Counts has evolved into a 501(c)(3) investing in programs around the world to ensure all women have access to quality maternal healthcare. Christy has been recognized as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People (2014) and one of Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year (2013). In March 2016, Every Mother Counts was recognized as one of Fast Company magazine’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Not-For-Profit (2016). Prior to her work as a global maternal health advocate, Christy enjoyed a successful career as a model while continuing her education and pursuing other interests. Christy has held positions on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council, the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors and on the advisory Board of New York University's Nursing School. She holds a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and has studied Public Health at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. A six-time marathon finisher, Christy resides in New York City where she lives with her husband, filmmaker Edward Burns, and their two children.
Alex oversees financial management and strategy for Every Mother Counts. He previously served as Director of Business Development & Finance for the organization, where he led partnerships with Apple, TOMS, Minted, Marc Jacobs, Stella & Dot and countless others. Prior to joining Every Mother Counts, Alex held various positions within Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking and Equities Division, and worked in business development for healthcare industry start-ups. Alex first became involved with Every Mother Counts as a volunteer in 2011, serving as marathon captain for Team EMC. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Roanoke College, and a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from Baruch College, City University of New York. He currently in New York City.
Kristen first became involved with Every Mother Counts as a volunteer, a Team EMC marathoner and human resources consultant and then took a job as Every Mother Counts' Human Resources Director and Running Events Manager. Kristen is now the Chief Operations and Talent Officer. Her life long passion for running combined with her PhD in industrial organizational psychology and her gift for applied human resources makes for what Kristen calls her “dream job.” Kristen grew up in Alabama, went to college in Atlanta, and moved to New York to obtain her PhD in Industrial Organizational Psychology.
Grace is responsible for developing and cultivating relationships with corporate partners. Her background is in corporate social responsibility, integrated marketing communications and branding in the maternity, baby and women's sectors. Prior to Every Mother Counts, Grace was VP of Philanthropy and Communications at baby specialty retailer, giggle, where she was part of the founding team that launched and grew the multi-channel brand to 14 stores nationwide and its own layette label. She holds a BA from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism with a minor in Foreign Studies. Grace lives with her husband and their two sons in Brooklyn.
Before joining Every Mother Counts Karen was a program officer at the Tinker Foundation, where she worked with organizations in Central and South America to expand access to high-quality public education for marginalized communities. Prior to that she worked at MADRE, raising resources for community-based projects led by grassroots women’s organizations in Central America, Africa, and the Middle East. Karen’s career has also included technology capacity-building for non-profit organizations and a few stints as a wildlife biologist. She holds a B.S. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego.
Wallis leads Communications and Marketing at Every Mother Counts. She previously worked at Crane Stationery where she developed and directed integrated communications strategies and marketing initiatives for a portfolio of leading luxury stationery brands and also managed events and the website. Before joining Crane, she spent nine years at DKC Public Relations creating strategic and comprehensive marketing and media relations programs for clients including Delta Air Lines, J.Crew, The Children’s Health Fund, Continuum Health Partners and Avenues: The World School. Wallis holds a Bachelor of Arts Hamilton College and is an officer on the Alumnae Board of the Chapin School.
Clancy began her career in maternal health by co-producing founder, Christy Turlington Burns’ debut documentary film, NO WOMAN, NO CRY about pregnancy and childbirth in Tanzania, Guatemala, Bangladesh and the US (OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network 2011). With additional experience building Every Mother Count’s supporter trips and events program since the launch of the organization in 2010, Clancy now works primarily on developing Every Mother Counts' film and storytelling portfolio. She is currently directing/producing Every Mother Counts’ documentary series, GIVING BIRTH IN AMERICA, most recently in Louisiana and originally in Montana, New York, Florida (CNN Digital Studios 2015). The film series examines why the US is falling so far behind in maternal health care. She also recently directed and produced the documentary CON MADRE, about the first class of professional midwives in Guatemala, and has also produced films about Every Mother Counts’ work in Haiti, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. She has run marathons in Big Sur, NYC, and Chicago, as well as races in Haiti, Tanzania, Hood to Coast and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro, all on behalf of Every Mother Counts. She is a DONA trained doula and based in Los Angeles, CA.
Danielle leads and evaluates Every Mother Counts’ multi-platform digital presence, including graphic design, social media, managing the website, maintaining and elevating the Every Mother Counts brand, and planning and executing digital campaigns. She previously worked as Production Assistant on several Every Mother Counts film projects. Her career with Every Mother Counts began with a yearlong internship where her knowledge, understanding and interest in improving maternal health emerged. Danielle completed her B.A. degree in Strategic Communication from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her experiences traveling and volunteering in the US, Nepal, India, Indonesia and Thailand heightened her drive to combine her education in communications with work in the humanitarian field. Prior to working at Every Mother Counts, Danielle lived and studied in Sydney, Australia, and volunteered as a peer counselor for the International Rescue Committee's Refugee Youth Summer Academy. She has worked as a music writer, and at a digital creative service agency in New York City, where she currently lives.
Perrie is responsible for building and nurturing our community of individuals by leading the charge to produce and oversee fundraising and educational events for the organization. She began her career with Every Mother Counts in 2014 as the office manager. Her journey into the maternal and public health field started through visiting her family in Southeast Asia where she experienced first-hand the differences in healthcare around world. Prior to working for Every Mother Counts, she worked in marketing and events in New York. Perrie grew up in Los Angeles and went on to earn her Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Maddy learned about Every Mother Counts through her six years on staff with Barre3, a partner of Every Mother Counts. Since the birth of her niece in 2010, Maddy became a DONA International trained Doula and a dedicated Childbirth Educator, Maddy has attended 22 births and educated over 50 families in support of positive birth outcomes. Maddy comes with a B.S in Communication and Culture from Oregon State University and experience as a volunteer coordinator with Great Shape! Inc, where she facilitated humanitarian projects in Jamaica focused on education and public health. Maddy Wasserman is a native Oregonian. Maddy was a lead instructor and trainer at barre3 Bend and is now teaching classes at barre3 New York.
Kathie is responsible for all things legal at Every Mother Counts. She began working with Every Mother Counts by volunteering her time pro bono and formally joined the staff in 2012. Having worked in the non-profit and corporate worlds, and for the U.S. government, Kathie brings a wealth of experience to the organization. She holds an A.B. cum laude in government from Harvard University and received her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School where she was an editor of the Law Review. A long-time advocate for women’s rights, Kathie believes maternal health is a basic human right and is proud to be a part of the Every Mother Counts staff. She lives in the Washington, DC area with her husband, two children and a lovable hound dog.
“It was the birth of our daughters more than 10 years ago that initially brought Christy into my life as a wonderful friend and inspirational force. I am so pleased and honored to be a part of this amazing group of people, as we work to spread the word about a global issue that I truly believe can be addressed and improved through the critical work that Every Mother Counts is doing every day.”
“As an entrepreneur who works and manufactures globally in design in many of the countries where Every Mother Counts has initiatives, I see first hand the impact of lack of maternal health on families and communities. Since Every Mother Counts is nimble organization working in targeted grass roots way in these communities, it is really making a profound, sustainable difference and changing the lives of women and children. I am honored to be helping Christy and Every Mother Counts and through their ground breaking work they are also helping me give back to many of the communities and countries that I have worked and produced in over the last decade.”
“Christy and I met as fellow mothers through twitter, and she invited me to the Salt Lake City screening of her film “No Woman, No Cry.” I was deeply moved by the stories of the women in the film especially given what I had read and learned about childbirth during my second pregnancy. Since then I have formed a lasting relationship with Every Mother Counts, one where I can contribute not only my voice as a story teller but also my platform to help broaden the conversation on these issues.”
“When I had the opportunity to visit Haiti, I saw first-hand some of the women Every Mother Counts is dedicated to serving: mothers in late-stage labor sitting on a bench in 95-degree heat while waiting for a bed inside to open up. I’ve spent over 30 years in the beauty industry, and my work has led me to develop relationships with women all over the world. Personal stories about pregnancy and motherhood have been at the center of my career, but I had never experienced anything like this. I am so honored to be a part of the amazing team making a real difference.”
“Having grown up in developing countries in the Middle East and Africa, and in particular seeing how vital mothers are to their communities and how they often have unequal access to healthcare and other basic rights, I feel that working with Every Mother Counts is a way for me to feel connected to and help a global community of mothers. I am moved and impressed with Christy’s immense dedication to improving access to healthcare for pregnant mothers everywhere, and the great impact that this organization has through its focus and discipline.”