Executive Team

Raj Panjabi

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Raj Panjabi is the CEO of Last Mile Health, and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Raj grew up in Liberia but was forced to flee with his family when he was nine years old due to civil war. After returning to Liberia as a medical student, he co-founded Last Mile Health in 2007. Last Mile Health partners with governments to design and scale national community health workforces to bring life-saving primary healthcare to the world’s most remote communities. Last Mile Health and its partners are also building the Community Health Academy, a global platform that leverages the power of digital technology to modernize the training of community health workers and health systems leaders.

Raj has authored or co-authored over 50 publications.  He currently chairs a global study with the Gates Foundation investigating lessons learned from exemplar community-based health care programs and has served as a reviewer of the World Health Organization’s Guidelines on Optimizing Community Health Worker Programs. For his work on building community health systems and responding to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Raj was named by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of the 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare. He has also been listed as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune. Raj is a recipient of the TED Prize, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and is a Schwab Social Entrepreneur with the World Economic Forum.

Raj is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and primary care at Massachusetts General Hospital. He received a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Lisha McCormick

Chief Operating Officer

Lisha McCormick joined Last Mile Health in 2013 as Chief Development Officer, leading our team through a period of tremendous growth. When Lisha joined the team, Last Mile Health had a $700,000 budget to serve 7,000 patients. As she transitions into the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2017, Last Mile Health is now a nearly $10 million organization supporting the Government of Liberia to extend lifesaving healthcare to 1.2 million Liberians, and advocating globally for more inclusive health systems and health systems financing. Lisha brings to Last Mile Health nearly 20 years of non-profit management experience and expertise in strategic partnerships and planning. Before joining our team, Lisha’s career was principally focused on public sector healthcare in the United States. In previous roles, she worked to tailor programs and services to meet the needs of runaway and homeless youth, those living with mental illness, and those combating substance abuse. Lisha ventured into global health in 2010, serving for two years with Village Health Works, a community-based healthcare organization operating in East Africa. Lisha holds a Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, a Certificate in Executive Management from Columbia University Business School, and a dual bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Mary Benvenuto

Chief Financial Officer

Mary Benvenuto is the Chief Financial Officer for Last Mile Health. In this role, she leads the global finance and administration team and is responsible for the development of financial strategy as well as the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems designed to preserve company assets and report accurate financial results. Mary brings over 17 years of diverse international and nonprofit leadership experience to her work with Last Mile Health. In her previous role, she served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the United Way of Rhode Island. Mary also serves as member of the Board of Directors for the Blackstone Valley Boys and Girls Club and Youth Pride of Providence. Mary holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Nichols College and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Bryant University.

Amy Walburn

Chief Development Officer

Amy Walburn is the Chief Development Officer for Last Mile Health. In this role, she leads the Partnerships and Development team to cultivate transformative partnerships that advance and elevate Last Mile Health’s impact. Amy joined Last Mile Health in 2015, serving as the Director of National Partnerships in Liberia before transitioning into the role of Director of Partnerships and Development in Boston in 2016. Amy brings over 10 years of diverse international and nonprofit management experience to her work with Last Mile Health, previously working as a project manager at the American University of Beirut and as Director of Financial Reporting at Fonkoze in Haiti. Amy holds an MBA from the American University of Beirut and a BA in Religious Studies from DePaul University.

Nan Chen

Director of Health Investment and Policy
Nan Chen is the Director of Health Investment and Policy at Last Mile Health. In this role, he supports the organization’s global work to understand what works and why in community health program scale. He also works to diffuse those lessons via partnerships and advocacy for community health systems in collaboration with peer organizations to support countries strengthen their community health systems. Nan’s team also supports the organization’s core work in Liberia to design, launch, and scale a national community health program in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
Nan is currently on the Financing Alliance for Health’s Project Advisory Committee. Prior to Last Mile Health, Nan worked with the Millennium Challenge Corporation on private public partnerships, policy analysis, and nutrition/stunting interventions. Additionally, Nan worked with Open Capital Advisors in Kenya advising SME and impact investors on pathways to scale for social enterprises. Nan has also advised NGOs and social enterprises through the Harvard Law and International Development Society and Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs. Nan has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, JD from Northwestern University, and BA from University of Chicago.

Magnus Conteh

Executive Director, Community Health Academy

Magnus Conteh joined the Last Mile Health team in 2018 to help lead the Community Health Academy, which aims to reinvent the education of community health workers – and the health system leaders who support them – for the digital age.

Magnus brings over 25 years of senior level experience in education, global health, and digital health to Last Mile Health. Previously, Magnus worked for seven years at World Vision Ireland, most recently serving as the Deputy CEO/Director of Programmes and Strategy. Notably, he led World Vision’s involvement in the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Ebola Vaccine trial in Sierra Leone, which included overseeing the deployment of technology critical for the clinical trial. In addition to serving as a member of the World Vision International Digital Health Steering Committee, he forged multi-stakeholder collaboratives and digital health partnerships with a number of governments, mobile network operators, and other INGOs in Africa.Prior to joining World Vision Ireland, he held a number of senior management positions in the National Health Service in the UK and the Health Service Executive in Ireland, where he served as Director for the Regional Centre of Nursing/Midwifery Education at the University Hospital in Galway. Magnus holds a Masters of Health Science (Hons) in Health Services Research from the National University of Ireland, Masters of Arts in Health Service Policy and Management from Brunel University (UK), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from Kingston Business School at Kingston University (UK).

Ben Grant

Program Director

Ben Grant is the Program Director at Last Mile Health. He first joined the organization in 2009, when he was responsible for recruiting some of Last Mile Health’s first community health workers in remote Liberia and led a program aimed at improving their performance across 19 clinical sites throughout Liberia. Since then, he has helped build the organization’s strategy, operations, and culture, and has served in a variety of leadership roles at the organization, including most recently as Acting Country Director. During the Ebola epidemic, Ben was a leader of the organization’s response, and ensured his staff could keep safe and keep serving. He has been instrumental in the scale of Last Mile Health’s pilot program from one district to seven — which served as the foundation for Liberia’s historic National Community Health Assistant Program, which will serve 1.2 million Liberians. Prior to joining Last Mile Health, Ben provided healthcare both during and after Liberia’s civil war as a clinician and public healthcare leader. During that time, he helped to build a clinic called Imani (“Peace”) House, which provided life-saving services for over 10,000 people for a decade during and after the war. Ben is a trained Physicians Assistant, and a graduate of the Harvard Global Health Delivery Summer Intensive.

Garrett Hubbard

Country Director

Garrett Hubbard is Last Mile Health’s Country Director, where he leads community health programming across three counties in Liberia, manages the organization’s relationship with the Ministry of Health, and oversees a staff of 180 people. He brings 15 years of progressive experience as a proactive, results-driven leader in the field of international public health to the organization. Prior to joining Last Mile Health in November 2017, Garrett served as Country Director for Mercy Corps Tajikistan. In this role, he oversaw programming in maternal child health, nutrition, youth employment, and disaster risk reduction. He also led the implementation and management of the $8.1 million USAID-funded Maternal and Child Health Project, which supported over 1,000 community health educators that were linked to over 360 health centers to improve maternal and child health. In addition to his work in Tajikistan, he served as the Country Representative in Kyrgyzstan and Senior Program Officer at Mercy Corps. Prior to his work with Mercy Corps, Garrett served in a variety of leadership roles with FHI360, where he worked on a range of programmatic areas, including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and youth programming. The vast majority of his work with FHI360 was in East Africa, and included assignments in South Sudan and Tanzania as Chief of Party of USAID-supported programs to reach vulnerable populations with HIV and AIDS as well as increase access to reproductive health services. Garrett started his career as a HIV Advisor with Peace Corps in Lesotho. He holds Bachelor’s degree in Health and Sport Sciences from Oklahoma University and a Master’s in International Public Health from Tulane University’s school of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Jenny Rabinowich

Deputy Country Director

Jenny Rabinowich has been working with Last Mile Health since 2013, and now serves as the Deputy Country Director. She was initially based in Grand Gedeh County, where she oversaw Last Mile Health’s community health worker pilot and subsequent expansion into Rivercess County as Director of Program Implementation. Now, she supports the Country Director in overall management and operations for the country. Prior to joining Last Mile Health, Jenny spent several years partnering with families living in poverty in the United States as manager of the research and advocacy project Witnesses to Hunger at Drexel University, which was featured in the 2012 documentary A Place at the Table. She has also worked with small NGOs in Kenya and Tanzania with a focus on peer health education. Jenny holds a Masters in Public Health from Drexel University and a BA in Anthropology with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies from Haverford College.