As President of Aya Global, a philanthropic advisory practice, Dr. Tanya Jones offers strategic guidance to donor institutions and non-profit organizations to enable them to reach their philanthropic goals. For 20+ years, Jones has worked to improve health systems in low-resourced countries as an implementer, fundraiser and funder. Her expertise is on the delivery of primary health care in rural communities of sub-Saharan Africa.
As a Fellow at Dartmouth College, Jones furthered work on her book manuscript titled, Health Equity for the Millennium: the Ghana Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Initiative at Scale, which explores institutional change in Ghana through a historical case study of CHPS policy. At Dartmouth, Jones taught an undergraduate course in the Sociology department: Global Health Systems.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Jones served as Portfolio Manager at the Barr Foundation, where she led the foundation’s community health portfolio and exploratory grantmaking for a Women and Girls portfolio in East Africa and India. Previously, Jones served as Staff Associate at Population Council working with Ghana Health Service policy leaders to pilot and scale up the Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) initiative, which in the last decade has become a model for rural health delivery and health systems strengthening. Following her contributions to health policy translation in Ghana, Dr. Jones joined Pathfinder International as a resource development professional supporting Pathfinder’s field offices in Africa and South Asia to raise philanthropic funds from corporations and foundations.
Dr. Jones earned a Bachelors’ degree from Brown University, a Masters’ degree in Public Policy from Princeton University and a Doctoral Degree in Sociology from The University of California, Berkeley. Jones was most recently a Fellow at Dartmouth College and Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
Dr. Jones serves on the Board of Directors of PRX and World Education. She is on the Advisory Board of Boston University’s Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health.