Biography

As deputy director, Daniela Salas O’Connell co-leads PHII’s strategic direction, executing its vision and mission by aligning internal values with external goals and objectives. In strong collaboration with PHII’s executive director, Daniela co-directs the strategic planning, development, and implementation of a large, complex global program at the Task Force for Global Health. This includes building key business partnerships that form the foundation of PHII’s viability and overseeing funding, supporting communications planning and managing day-to-day operations to ensure programmatic growth and adaptability. 

As the business development lead, Daniela oversees solicitation of funding from foundation, corporate, individual and governmental donors. She has been PHII’s go-to resource for planning, administering and monitoring program budgets, managing grants received and payable, and preparing technical and financial reports. Her fifteen-year experience in program and financial management, strategic implementation and partnership development is essential to assuring PHII projects meet the needs of the public health community. 

Before assuming the deputy director role, she worked as a project manager for PHII’s Requirements Lab where she led the planning and implementation of multiple health projectsfrom overseeing work plans, timelines and deliverables to managing contracts, budgets and ensuring all project stakeholders and are informed of the status and direction of project activities. Daniela came to PHII after serving four years as a program associate for the Task Force for Global Health’s Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) program. TEPHINET is a global network of 75 field epidemiology training programs (FETP), strengthening public health systems across more than 100 countries. As the program associate, Daniela managed a multimillion-dollar CDC cooperative agreement and a portfolio of more than fifteen projects that focused on health systems capacity building and strengthening FETPs in Latin America and the Caribbean. Daniela supported TEPHINET in establishing branch offices in Guatemala City and Bogotá, Colombia. She also assisted with the program’s communication and networking efforts.

Daniela also worked at Emory’s School of Medicine, where she developed grant proposals and managed day-to-day operations for multicultural diabetes education programs. Daniela earned a Master of Public Health from Georgia State University and holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Armstrong State University.