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September 10, 2014

PHII welcomes new Project Manager

This week, PHII welcomes Project Manager Daniela Salas O’Connell to the Requirements Lab team. Previously, Daniela spent more than four years managing projects for TEPHINET, another program housed under the Task Force for Global Health umbrella. Her work there concentrated on projects that strengthened field epidemiology training programs in Latin America and the Caribbean—a mission that Daniela says is very close to her heart, having grown up in Colombia.


Daniela was first introduced to the Task Force for Global Health during her studies for a master’s of public health at Georgia State University. Task Force President and CEO Mark Rosenberg came to speak to her class, and as Daniela listened to him describe the organization, she found herself thinking, “I’m going to work there one day.”

She eventually fulfilled this promise to herself, but before she did, Daniela spent the first three years after earning her MPH working for Emory University’s School of Medicine. There, she managed grants for diabetes research and worked with community diabetes education as part of the Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program. When she finally made the transition to the Task Force and TEPHINET, Daniela’s work shifted to project management. “It was there that I discovered my love of spreadsheets, work plans and to-do lists,” she jokes.

At PHII, Daniela’s spreadsheet wizardry and other project management acumen will be supporting the Requirements Lab’s projects, which vary in scope and location. Recent Requirements Lab projects have been based in California, Massachusetts, Mozambique and Uganda, and have addressed issues ranging from HIV treatment in rural areas to the ways that U.S. cities report data to the CDC.

Outside of work, Daniela and her husband enjoy going to see the Atlanta Braves—although since the birth of their seven-month-old daughter, Eva Sofia, Daniela says, “My hobby is now sleeping… whenever I can.”

Piper Hale, MPH

Assistant Director of Communications